Fairfax public schools budget proposal would cut $96 million
(WJLA) - A new proposal from Fairfax County's public schools superintendent Karen Garza would slash $96 million from the budget, cutting 730 jobs from Virginia's largest school district.
According to a report in The Washington Post, the cuts are a response to the county's projected $130 million budget shortfall in 2015. The proposal would eliminate many assistant principal positions as well as 460 classroom positions. Class sizes would go up, and $4.2 million in testing fees for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams would fall to parents.
Also included in the budget is $41 million for raises for 95 percent of the county's school employees, pay increases that Garza said are necessary to stop teachers from taking jobs in other jurisdictions.