While progress was made in the recent budget by providing the state portion of a 5% salary increase for school staff positions, with exceptionally high inflation rates, it is likely many school employees will have reduced spending power compared to their 2021-2022 earnings. Virginia could make meaningful progress and possibly exceed the national teacher pay average by offering an additional raise of 6 percentage points beyond the planned 5% state salary increase for funded school positions next year. We call on the state to increase salaries by 11% in the coming year to reach this goal. Fact Sheet || Fund Our Schools Memo with Technical Details