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2018 VEA Legislative Agenda


VEA WILL INITIATE LEGISLATION TO:

  • Survey educators state-wide about school climate, using a reliable, nationally-validated survey.
  • Implement recommendations from the Commission on Youth's 2007-2009 study on reducing long-term suspensions and expulsions—recommendations that have been ignored for years.

VEA SUPPORTS LEGISLATION THAT:

  • Raises teacher pay to reach or exceed the national average, as the General Assembly unanimously voted to do in the 2017 session.
  • Creates the kinds of supports and work environments that attract and keep high-quality teachers and school personnel.
  • Fully funds the Standards of Quality to adequately pay for the education of Virginia's public school students, as the state's Board of Education has repeatedly requested.
  • Increases the state's add-on contribution for at-risk students, which is currently one of the lowest in the country.
  • Puts in place a teacher evaluation model that uses multiple measures, reduces reliance on standardized test scores, and accurately reflects a teacher's effectiveness.
  • Implements and funds programs and resources proven to reduce suspensions and expulsions.
  • Eliminates required reporting of Student Code of Conduct violations to law enforcement except when a felony is involved.
  • Cuts the rate at which we incarcerate our young people and increases funding for restorative justice programs.  

VEA OPPOSES LEGISLATION THAT:

  • Undermines the state Board of Education's Constitutional authority to define the standards for a high-quality public education in our Commonwealth.
  • Diverts public dollars to non-public schools.
  • Transfers authority for granting charter schools away from local school boards.
  • Damages educator's health or retirement benefits.



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