Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Contract Bill Reported By Committee

The Governor’s bill to end continuing contract was reported by the House Education Committee this morning on a 13 to 8 vote. Delegate Lingamfelter offered an amendment to address an issue that VEA President-elect Meg Gruber highlighted in her subcommittee remarks on Monday. The substitute being considered by the committee would have had a continuing contract teacher who moves to another district moved to probation and then to a three year term. Lingamfelter’s amendment changed it so that a teacher in this circumstance could regain continuing contract.

Delegate Jennifer McClellan spoke eloquently against the bill – click here to watch.

YEAS--Tata, Landes, Lingamfelter, Cole, Pogge, Massie, Greason, Bell, Richard P., Stolle, LeMunyon, Robinson, Yancey, Dudenhefer--13.

NAYS--Rust, Yost, Alexander, McClellan, Tyler, Bulova, Morrissey, Keam--8.

We thank all who voted against the bill, but especially thank Republican delegates Rust and Yost who broke party rank to support Virginia’s teachers. They were under great pressure from their own governor to support the bill.

HB 576 will head to the House floor tomorrow, and the Senate companion, SB 38, will be before the full Senate Education and Health Committee tomorrow.

Please urge your colleagues to go to the VEA web site to send the letter provided to their senator and delegate.

HB 947, Delegate Robert Bell’s bill to allow home schooled students to play on public school teams passed the House today 59-39. Click here to see how your delegate voted.