Join millions of educators and other Americans in thanking a teacher on National Teacher Day, May 6.
VEA and NEA are shining a positive light on teachers in several ways.
Through VEA’s partnership with Virginia Public Radio, Virginians across the state will hear special sponsorship messages on their public radio stations. The spot identifies VEA and asks listeners to “thank a teacher on National Teacher Day, May 6.” The message will run from April 29 to May 6. To listen to Virginia Public Radio through the Radio IQ service, click here.  Or check out the VPR list of stations in your area here and keep an ear out for our spots.
NEA is promoting its social media effort that encourages the public to tweet using  the #ThankaTeacher hashtag to indicate their support. Other options are posting on Facebook or posting a quick video on Vine (learn how here).
More traditional ideas, such as proclamations or news releases, are available at NEA’s site (http://www.nea.org/grants/teacherday.html) Artwork also is available there.
Please post and share to support our teachers!

Financial Workshop

Financial Essentials, Saving and Planning Workshops fro NEA Members

As part of your membership, NEA Member Benefits and Security Benefit are offering free, local workshops to help members build a successful path to retirement. Regardless of your current career stage, the Financial Essentials workshop can help you find answers to your fundamental questions. 

Time: 4:15p.m.
Date: May 5, 2014
Location: Kenmore Middle School Library 

RSVP: Alysha Page page@aeava.org

APS Budget

Tomorrow, April 24th at 7:30pm the APS School Board will present their FY 2015 Proposed Budget at their regularly scheduled meeting. The board made several important changes to the Superintendent's Proposed Budget. May 8th the board will hold a public hearing on their proposed budget. Final adoption/vote on May 22nd. 

Member Benefit - VEA/AEA Retirement Seminar

Retirement Seminar
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: Kenmore Middle School - Black Box Theater 
Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm

RSVP: page@aeava.org or 703.379.1650

AEA Presidential Election Results


Credentials Chair Kathryn Scruggs has certified the results of the AEA Presidential Election.

Gerry Collins   313
Josh Folb       169
Eva Ingram      78

Thanks to all for running and congratulations to Gerry.

VEA President Meg Gruber


VEA President Meg Gruber today made the following statement regarding Governor McAuliffe’s new budget proposal:

Governor McAuliffe’s budget plan would make needed investments in the learning and health needs of Virginia students.

Ensuring that Virginia students have access to a highly qualified and stable teaching force is one of the best investments Virginia can make. So VEA is pleased to see that the Governor included funding to raise the salaries of teachers and other SOQ support positions.

According to new figures released just this month, the Commonwealth now ranks 37th in the nation in teacher pay, and Virginia teachers earn $7,456 below the national average. We need to do far better if Virginia is to attract and retain the best teachers for Virginia’s students. The Governor’s proposed pay increase is an important step in the right direction.

The Governor’s proposal to jump-start the expansion of Medicaid to include 400,000 more Virginians also is welcome news for Virginia’s educators, who see every day the negative impact of poor health care on students and their families.

VEA also applauds the inclusion in the Governor’s budget of a provision to allow local school divisions to participate in the state health plan, which promises to offer additional flexibility and savings.

We congratulate the Governor for recognizing the needs of children and families as a priority, and we call on members of the General Assembly to follow his lead.

Stay tuned for a VEA Daily Report and a Cyberlobby request later today!

Things are happening!

Meg