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“That may change depending on whether he is facing criminal charges and what comes out of the investigation of Jan. 6,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, was less optimistic. He said it seems likely teachers in Virginia will see some sort of significant pay increase in the next few years because the state’s budget is flush with record amounts of cash right now. He noted that Virginia has historically struggled to stay competitive when it comes to teacher salaries, making it difficult for districts to attract and retain quality teachers, especially in the expensive Northern Virginia suburbs.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University of Mary Washington Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said the public hearings are important, as anyone looking at the state as a whole would not be knowledgeable of a specific neighborhood’s dynamics. That information, he said, could be useful during the process. “The broad outline of these plans is likely to remain in place,” Farnsworth said.