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Teachers Dressing Casual For a Raise in Fairfax County

"A Dressing Down" is making a fashion statement in a classroom near you.

Teachers Dressing Casual For a Raise in Fairfax County
Teachers Dressing Casual For a Raise in Fairfax County
The old rule of  dressing for the job you want appears to have been replaced in some Fairfax County classrooms with dressing for the statement you want to make.

For the teachers involved, that statement is that they want a raise.

The fashion choice of jeans, T-shirts and other casual attire is billed as a "Fairfax County teacher demonstration" to combat what the website, adressingdown.com, refers to as "the perennial salary squeeze."

What do you think of the teachers making a salary statement in the classroom? Is it past time for a raise? Tell us in the comments below!

"Fairfax County boasts its top-performing schools and Fairfax property values are boosted accordingly," the site continues. "Teachers should not have to commute because they can no longer afford to live in those same neighborhoods."

Fairfax County Schools administrators have pitched a raise in the proposed 2015 budget, but it isn't clear whether that is in the cards for final approval. 

Woodson High teacher Katherine Sebunia told the Washington Post that teachers were brainstorming ideas to call attention to the salary issue and one teacher noted that a second wardrobe for work was too expensive.

“The idea was that we’re not going to spend money on professional clothes, we’re going to spend it on groceries,” said Sebunia.

The Post noted that, in 2014, the average teacher salary in Fairfax is $67,245. The average teacher salary in Arlington is $74,903 and the average in Montgomery County is $74,038.
TM February 11, 2014 at 08:11 AM
I am retired but my husband is still working. Just like many other people in the county, he hasn't had a raise in years. Teachers seem to forget just who has to pay for their raises.
Anderson February 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Difficult to justify pay increases when FCPS continues to receive 30+ highly qualified applicants for each teaching position advertised, and shuffles poor performers rather than removing them. I hope the teachers taking advantage of dress down days are making contributions to charity like we do for dress down days in our office. Posting the total amount collected on adressingdown.com would give meaning to their efforts.
Jennifer Rosso Jain February 11, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Annual pay is not the only financial compensation. If people added paid time of with other benefits and added that to the salary one makes much more. Higher take home pay is always nice but other benefits are often over looked.
Bambie February 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Anderson, a job opening might get 30+ applicants but maybe only one or two are "highly qualified" Jennifer what are the added compensations and benefits teachers get? TM, I support cutting senor services to pay teachers higher, that will keep your taxes nice and low. Being a teacher is hard, between spending your own money on classroom supplies the county does not have money to buy, having overcrowded classrooms with up to 30 students in outdated facilities, having students who come to school underdressed, unfed, unwashed, and undervalued; having to teach students who don't care if they pass the tests. After looking at this is deeply and thoroughly I think we should cut teachers pay, they should enjoy the privilege we give them of teaching our nasty little ba$tard$ of children.

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