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Teachers at Woodson High School in Fairfax County are dressing down as part of a demonstration for better pay.

About half of the faculty have been dressing in jeans and T-shirts as part of the protest. Teachers say they're frustrated that the average salary in Fairfax lags behind other school systems in the region.

According to the 2014 Washington Area Boards of Education guide, the average Fairfax teacher could earn about $7,500 more per year by working in Arlington and nearly $7,000 more in Montgomery County.

One source says it was the English teachers at Woodson who came up with the idea of dressing down to point out that maintaining a professional wardrobe at their rate of pay is a prohibitive expense.

The county's new school superintendent, Karen Garza, says teacher compensation is one of her top priorities.

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