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Proposed teachers pay raise stirs debate in Newport News budget meeting


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Newport News held its first of two public hearings for its proposed 2020 operational budget on Tuesday night.

Many teachers and members of the community used the meeting to speak out about the funding for the school district. City manager Cynthia Rohlf recommended level funding for the district despite a 2% increase for the overall budget.

Earlier this year, the school board voted to ask council for $2.4 million more for funding that would allow them to give 2% raise to teachers and add other positions.

Rhonda Wagner, the president of the Newport News Education Association, says it felt like a slap in the face seeing the proposed budget.

She believed that council would be for the increase, but believes that many listened to the impassioned pleas...

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