Friday, January 19, 2018

We Have An SOL Innovation Committee Bill- HB1501

As I have been promising, Delegate Chris Hurst is patroning HB1501 that would restore the voting rules of the SOL Innovation Committee as they were originally created- with fairness and equity. Click here to watch a video that describes the issue perfectly.

Please make sure you sign the petition to stand against out-of-control testing. You can click here to sign. Make sure you share it with everyone you know who cares about real reform in Virginia's culture of testing.

If you would like to read the full report from the SOL Innovation Committee and see the recommendations that were vetoed by four legislators, click here.

In other news, budget amendments were made available today and we want to thank Senator Sturtevant for his amendment for a 4% salary increase for all SOQ supported positions for the ENTIRE FIRST YEAR of the biennium. Our members appreciate Senator Sturtevant's efforts to bring Virginia's teacher salaries closer to the National Average. We are hopeful we will see a significant investment in our public schools and our public school employees in the final budget.

Monday is VEA Lobby Day! We look forward to seeing you at one of our briefings and look forward to seeing many of you walking around the Pocahontas building as you find your legislators new offices. The weather looks good, but make sure you bring your patience. It is also Women's Lobby Day and between our two groups, we expect about 500 activists descending on the General Assembly.

Have a great weekend and get ready- next week's pace will pick up dramatically!