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VEA Members Rally at Capitol
to Protest Funding Caps

Over 200 Association members, representing educators from across the commonwealth, gathered on the grounds of the State Capitol just before the school year began to urge the Virginia Board of Education and the General Assembly not to hurt the quality of education in the state’s public schools by permanently capping funds for support staff positions.

VEA President Kitty Boitnott pointed out that Virginia, while ranking 8th in the nation in personal wealth, already is a disappointing 37th in state aid per-pupil. She was joined on the speakers’ podium by Kathy Burcher, legislation chair of the Virginia PTA; Jerry Parham of the Sussex Education Association; and Ashley Lewis of the Alliance for Virginia’s Students.

Sometime this fall, the State Board and a special study committee set up by the General Assembly will issue recommendations on the appropriate role of the state in funding support staff positions.

Stopping the H1N1 Flu

Some important measures for preventing the spread of H1N1, or "swine flu," from the NEA's Health Information Network:

Hygiene. Students and staff members should wash their hands regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing, before eating, and after using the restroom. Soap, paper towels and hand sanitizers should be readily available.
School preparedness. Schools should educate students, staff and families about the importance of good hand hygiene and proper methods for cleaning hands. Sample communication tools can be found at To clean hard surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control does not believe any additional disinfection beyond the recommended routine cleaning is required.
Social distancing. The H1N1 virus can be contracted even after a fever has gone away. Therefore, infected persons should avoid contact with others until at least 24 hours after their fever has passed. Good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene is just as important for people taking antiviral medications as it is for others. School-aged children who live with people with flu-like illnesses should remain home for five days from the first day a household member gets sick.

Check the NEA Health Information Network website on H1N1 for regularly updated information at

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Increased Expertise

The NEA Foundation can put your professional development on the fast track through its Learning and Leadership Grants, which offer funding of $2,000 to individuals and $5,000 to groups engaged in collegial study. All K-12 public school teachers and support professionals are eligible.

The grants are designed to fund high-quality experiences, such as summer institutes or action research, for individuals, and activities such as study groups, action research, lesson study or mentoring programs for groups. "One-shot" professional growth experiences, such as attending a conference or hiring a speaker, are discouraged, and recipients are expected to show professional leadership by sharing their new learning with colleagues.

Grant applications are reviewed three times annually, with submission deadlines of October 15, February 1 and June 1.

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