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Richland School District Leaders are pushing for better pay for teachers

Richland School District Leaders are pushing for better pay for teachers

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Better pay for teachers and more funding for special education--that's what Richland School District Leaders pushed for at a meeting tonight with local legislators.

Superintendent Rick Schulte and others talked to State Senator Sharon Brown and State Representative Larry Haler about the issues that concern them in the latest education budget deal.

They said Richland School District is losing a lot of money, and it's hurting teachers the most.

"The state legislature isn't providing enough money to pay for our teachers, even at their current salary schedule here in Richland,” said Rick Jansons, Richland School Board President. “And they have been out talking about how they've made things better. In reality, the deal that they cut really hurt Richland School District and the teachers and a lot of school districts around the state."

The new budget requires that the state give an average salary to teachers across the state.

District leaders said they are hopeful their legislators will understand the problems and find solutions in the future.

In the meeting Senator Sharon Brown said any time you roll out a major project, you're going to have lessons learned.

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