FAIRFAX, Va. — Fairfax County schools Superintendent Karen Garza is seeking pay raises for teachers in next year’s budget after lagging behind teacher pay in surrounding counties.

Garza’s budget unveiled Thursday night includes nearly $70 million for pay raises. About $10.4 million of that would fund delayed salary increases the school board approved last year.

The Washington Post reports Fairfax County’s teacher pay has fallen behind nearby school districts. In Fairfax, a midlevel teacher earns about $61,000, but the same teacher could earn $77,000 in Arlington.

The Fairfax school board also has increased class sizes three times to save money.

Garza says her budget also includes $55 million in cuts through employee turnover and reduced costs for fuel, power and health insurance. She says there’s nowhere else to cut without affecting students.

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