RICHMOND — Hundreds of Virginia teachers rallied at the state Capitol on Monday to call on lawmakers to increase state funding for public education and repeal a prohibition on collective bargaining by public employees.

“It is past time for this commonwealth to live up to its obligation to meet the needs of communities … because we know when our communities have quality public schools everyone benefits,” said Jim Livingston, president of the Virginia Education Association, a union that represents more than 40,000 teachers and school support professionals across the state.

Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed more than $1 billion in new K-12 education spending in his budget plan, which includes a 3% raise for teachers and more money for struggling schools.


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