Last night the Board of Supervisors had a chance to give our teachers a pay raise. They failed. By a 5-4 vote, they approved a tax rate of $1.14, which provides the same number of dollars per student as the previous year's budget but falls $10 Million short of a pay raise for school employees. Adding insult to injury, the Supervisors at the same time voted a pay raise for County employees.
Please take a moment to thank Sugarland's Susan Buckley for standing strong for schools and teachers last night. She stood alone. I am particularly disappointed that Leesburg's Kelly Burk switched her vote after initially voting for the pay raise. I am further disappointed by Andrea McGimsey, who just last week joined Kelly Burk in voting for a tax rate a penny higher that would have funded teacher pay raises.
The fight is not over yet. The final budget vote is in five days.
Please write to Supervisors Andrea McGimsey and Kelly Burk and ask them to add a Penny for a Pay Raise next Tuesday when the final vote comes.