Friday, February 16, 2018

Final Push On Budget

The House and Senate will revel their budgets on Sunday. The VEA and our partners at The Commonwealth Institute both have action alerts on the At-Risk Add On. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!!

The VEA Cyberlobby Action Alert is a direct ask to leadership on the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees (the Money Committees) to include an increase to the At-Risk Add On to their budget. You can click here to send a message directly to the leaders of the Money Committees through this alert.

The Commonwealth Institute and the Alliance for Virginia's Students/Legal Aid Justice Center is asking folks to directly call or email their member of the House and Senate to demand action on the At-Risk Add On. You can click here to do that.

Take the time to DO BOTH now!! Every single school division in the Commonwealth would see an increase in state funding if we increase the at-risk add on. This funding is directed to the schools and students that need additional resources and support. They need us to speak up for them.

There will be a Daily Report from the Money Committee meetings on Sunday with breaking news on the budget. Folks at the General Assembly have been keeping their budget plans close to the vest, so we aren't getting many clues on what to expect. Normally we do. Keep the pressure on.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

What you’re cyber lobbying for is critical. But how exactly has the VEA put real pressure on the GA to raise teacher pay- judging by these reports it doesn’t seem like you’re doing much to help.

Kathy Burcher said...

The VEA is in constant communication with legislators on teacher salary. Teacher salary and support for 4% salary increase in the first year of the budget was part of our Lobby Day efforts and all of our folks were given information to push out to legislators. The House budget does include an extension of the 2% salary increase proposed by the Governor from December of the second year to July 1 of the second year. Last year the VEA finally passed legislation to get teacher salaries to the national average. In our conversations with legislators we were haring they intended to take action on salaries in the first year of the budget. All salary action for all state employees and state supported employees was eliminated in the Senate budget. We are very disappointed but have been lobbying hard on the issue.