"Politicians are very good at making school visits and then declaring themselves to be 'friends of education,'" VEA President Meg Gruber told delegates Friday, "but then they don't follow through on doing what's best for kids. It's time we say 'Enough!'"
Pointing to the fact that Virginia ranks 39th in the nation in state per-pupil spending and that state funding for schools, after inflation, has dropped 16 percent in the last five years, Gruber demanded of elected officials, "Show us how you put kids first!"
Through the Put Kids First campaign, including its April 18 rally, "We're going to change the conversation about public education in Virginia," Gruber said. "We're going to make some serious noise and we're not going to stop until our schools get the support they deserve."