A new analysis shows Virginia public school teachers earn nearly $6,100 less than the average of teachers nationwide, and that gap is growing.
The findings in the National Education Association's new rankings & estimates research study show that, last year, Virginia teachers earned a little less than $45,000 a year, far below the national average salary of $50,816.
Division superintendent of Rockingham County Schools Carol Fenn says that she is not surprised at the report and is already looking at ways to improve.
She says, "Currently, we are beginning the budget process. We'll be surveying all localities in our region and our area of the Valley as well as Virginia and nationally to be sure our teachers can get the best possible salary."
Fenn adds that it takes strong salaries to retain the Valley's very best teachers.