We the undersigned call on lawmakers to end their attack on teachers in Virginia and do what is right for Virginia’s school children.
During this legislative session, lawmakers passed a tax credit bill creating a new entitlement for private schools at taxpayer expense. They approved cuts in teachers’ retirement benefits and tried, without success, to make it easier to fire veteran teachers with no reason given.
These attacks come as Virginia has fallen to 41st in the nation in class size and state per-pupil funding of public schools dropped below the level five years ago. We should be applauding the many accomplishments of Virginia’s teachers, not targeting them with demoralizing and unfounded assaults.
We call on members of the Executive and Legislative branches of Virginia government to cease their attacks on our education professionals and to invest in today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s workers in a global economy. And we ask them to begin now by investing in a manner that appropriately reflects the high value of K-12 education.
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VEA is a statewide community of more than 55,000 teachers and school support professionals working for the betterment of public education in the Commonwealth. Our vision is "A great public school for every child in the Commonwealth of Virginia."
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