RICHMOND (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing 2 percent pay raises for public school teachers conditioned on more strenuous teacher assessment standards and a longer probationary period for new hires.
McDonnell is asking the General Assembly to budget nearly $59 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1 for pay raises.
The raises also would apply to principals, librarians, guidance counselors and teachers' aides.
They're tied to passage of an Education Fairness Act that stretches teacher probationary periods from three to five years and makes it easier to define a teacher as incompetent.
In making the announcement Friday, McDonnell said, "Virginia’s teachers are underpaid. Everyone knows a teacher who has stayed after school, worked with students during their lunch break and on weekends, and devoted all of their energy to making sure their students have every possible chance to learn. My sister is one of them. They have not had a pay increase since 2007."