Saturday, April 1, 2017

Honoring Our Own

Some of our very best! Afreen Gootee of the Hanover Education Association (top) won VEA's Award for Teaching Excellence and Christine Heilig of the Montgomery County Education Association was named the 2017 Education Support Professional of the Year at the convention's annual awards banquet Friday night.

Thank you, VEA!

Thank you for your support! Saying he was "humbled and honored" to have the backing of Virginia's educators, Ralph Northam returned to the VEA convention Saturday morning to thank delegates and look ahead to the campaign.

Friday, March 31, 2017

VEA Fund Backs Ralph Northam

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For immediate release: March 31, 2017
Contact:  John O’Neil, VEA Communications,; 804-775-8316

VEA Fund Recommends Ralph Northam in Governor’s Race
ROANOKE—Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has earned the recommendation of the VEA Fund for Children and Public Education, the Association’s political arm, for this year’s gubernatorial election. The announcement came this evening during a meeting of Fund directors at VEA’s annual convention.
                “Ralph understands the foundational role public education plays in the future of our state,” said VEA President Jim Livingston, who also serves as chairman of the VEA Fund. “He’s the best candidate for our students, schools and educators, and he has an excellent track record of working to meet their needs.”
                Northam, a pediatric neurologist and a Democrat, served in the Virginia Senate from 2007 until 2013, when he was elected lieutenant governor. As an elected official, he’s worked to increase investment in early childhood education and in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) efforts, and has been an advocate for increasing pay for Virginia’s teachers, which lags some $7,000 behind the national average. He’s also a member of Virginia’s first Children’s Cabinet, which is dedicated to the education, health, safety and welfare of Virginia’s young people.
                “We took a good look at the candidates,” said Livingston, noting that Democratic candidate Tom Perriello and Republican candidate Ed Gillespie participated in the recommendation process, “but Ralph is clearly the best qualified to be our next governor.”
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VEA's Legislator of the Year is....

Republican State Senator Emmett Hanger, in recognition of his efforts to help raise teacher salaries and his opposition to weakening retirement benefits for educators and to giving regional authority to launch charter schools.

Update from the Capitol

Sam Eure of York County gives the VEA Legislative Committee Report.

Livingston's Thunderous Speech Rallies Troops

Inspiration plus! VEA President Jim Livingston got convention delegates rocking with a stirring speech Friday afternoon in Roanoke, telling them, "Together, we're an army! It's time to mobilize ourselves, our schools, our communities, our civic organizations and our houses of worship!"
     Reminding VEA members that we never get what we don't ask for, Livingston said, "We have to stop apologizing for asking for, even demanding, what our students, schools and educators need. Our communities support us!"
     Livingston also pointed educators toward the polls this November 7, underscoring that VEA was "the only one in the room" that stepped up when the General Assembly initially put no money on the table for teacher salary increases. VEA's rally in the legislature on Lobby Day was so loud that security came to investigate. "You better get involved in politics," Livingston
said, "because politics is sure involved in you!"
     He ended with a call to action that had delegates on their feet chanting, "We are VEA!"

Debate in Full Swing

Democracy, even as we speak.

Delegates from Southwest Virginia prepare to vote on a New Business Item.