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!


Deadline, Friday, February 28th, 5:00 pm

Friendly reminder: petitions for AEA Officers and Executive Board Representatives are due Friday, February 28th at 5:00pm.

Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat, March 3, 2014

In May 1997, a small reading task force at the National Education Association (NEA) came up with a big idea:

"Let's create a day to celebrate reading. We'll call it 'NEA's Read Across America' and celebrate it on Dr. Seuss's birthday." And so was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen. 

Originally created as a one-day event to celebrate the joy of reading, NEA's Read Across America, in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., has grown into a nationwide initiative that promotes reading every day. 

NOTE: This information was pulled from NEA's 2014 Read Across America flyer.

Get Ready for NEA's Read Across America

See what other are doing and share your own events tips, photos, and ideas:

Twitter @NEAReadAcross, #neareads 

APS FY2015 Budget

Action taken February 10, 2014 at AEA Delegate Assembly. 

I move that the AEA Delegate Assembly direct the President of the Arlington Education Association to lobby the school board to remove the proposed cuts and restore full funding to Langston and Arlington Mill for the FY2015 budget. 


Keep up with VEA Lobbying Efforts in Richmond

AEA Members the VEA Leadership and Staff are working hard on your behalf in Richmond.  You can stay involved by visiting  Mr. Jones updates the site often and you are able to send messages to your elected delegation.

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School! The new year brings new challenges. The AEA will continue to have a voice in the budget process, YS 14-15 calendar and continue to lobby all our elected officials.