State Supported Local Employees
Friday, February 28, 2014
State Supported Local Employees
Thursday, February 27, 2014
SOL Reform Advances, Stand Alone Virtual School Bill Dies, VRS FIS Bill Tabled, Diabetes Bill A Work In Progess, Special Session?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
VRS Privatization Bill Carried Over, Diabetes Bills Remain a Concern, 1 Year Delay of A-F Passes House
Delegate Greason effectively spoke to the bill, pointing out that the improper administration of insulin can be fatal. Greason asserted that "we are going to have to start drawing the line on what we hold teachers accountable for and what we ask them to do."
The delay of the A-F delay is over. Today the House conformed Sen. Miller’s SB 324 to Del. Landes’ HB 1229 and passed it 99-0. So the House still says A-F implementation should be delayed 1 year. The Senate will take up HB 1229 on the Senate Education and Health Committee tomorrow morning. My guess is that they will conform HB 1229 to SB 324, so the Senate will still say implementation should be delayed 3 years. The bills would then head to a committee of conference. Is anyone betting on a two year delay?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Block Efforts to Privatize the VRS Hybrid Plan/Lactation Support Bill Awaits Governor's Signature/Bill Protecting Teachers from Medical Liability Reports
Senator Newman’s SB 624 reported from the House Civil Laws Subcommittee on a 10-0 vote. This bill says the school board employees who perform medical services shall not be held liable. VEA thanks Senator Newman for sponsoring this bill.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The last time we endured a budget standoff was in 2004, and what happened then may provide insight into what we might expect. In this circumstance, local school boards base their budgets on the budget of the chamber with the lower level of state support. This year, they will likely be basing their budgets on the House budget. Local education associations should be working with local school boards to determine how any additional funds that may be provided may be spent.
Second, without an adopted state budget, local school boards hold contracts. This is a good time to ask your superintendent how your system will address this issue.
Each chamber will act on its budget bill tomorrow, and the budget conferees will be named. We will be asking you to communicate with the conferees soon after.
Many VEA members have expressed dissatisfaction regarding the lack of funding for school employee salary increases, and we will certainly be addressing this concern in our message.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Contact information for Senators
Sunday, February 16, 2014
$150,000 for OEI
No funding for OEI
Quote of the Day:
should be very proud of its public education system that supports and produces
high caliber students and that consistently outperforms the majority of
peer-group students, from other states, and on a number of nationally
recognized achievement tests. And does
so at a very competitive cost to taxpayers:
Virginia ranks 49th lowest, out of the 50 states, on Stand
and Local Revenues (taxes) as a Percentage of Average Virginian’s Personal
- Delegate James P. Massie, III, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
However, the House Education Committee did report Senator Favola’s SB 43 on a unanimous vote. This is the bill that gives teachers five more days to contest a dismissal notice.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Senate Effort to Privatize VRS Thwarted in the Senate/House Labor Day Bills Advance/House Bill Delays A-F Implementation by 1 Year/House SOL Reform Advances
Monday, February 10, 2014
We came to call Senator Reeve’s SB 385 the “Dead Peasant” bill. Please see the January 23rdposting on this blog for background. This one was just too strange to be true. I’ll never forget the line from the Fiscal Impact statement, ““Doubts as to whether profiting from the deaths of VRS members is good public policy.” I thank Senator Reeves for striking this bill.
Friday, February 7, 2014
I do hope, though, that we’ll not ignore the other side of this coin. We have an opportunity to move away from teaching to the test and toward greater professional autonomy for teachers.