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Teachers Rally in Richmond: Governor's Funding Not Enough

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of Virginia teachers are rallying at the state Capitol for increased public education spending and the repeal of a prohibition on collective bargaining by public employees.

Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed more than $1 billion in new K-12 education spending.

Northam's budget plan includes a 3% raise for teachers and more money for struggling schools.

But education advocates said Monday that the governor's proposals fall short of what's needed because lawmakers have neglected education funding for years.

They are asking for more education money than Northam has proposed, including 5% teacher raises.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.