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The head of Fairfax County schools may trade staff for teachers in the system's upcoming budget.
Sources familiar with the system say Fairfax County schools Superintendent Karen Garza has a history of cutting costs in order to give teachers raises, setting the stage for her budget priorities this year.
Garza has proposed $41 million dollars in pay hikes for classroom teachers and their staff. But the budget for 2015 also includes $96 million dollars in cuts that would eliminate 731 staff positions. The Washington Post reports this is a tactic Garza used before as superintendent in Lubbock, Texas. and as second-in-command of schools in Houston, Texas.
Garza says teachers drive student achievement and raises are crucial because the county's pay rate lags behind neighbors Arlington and Montgomery counties.