1. FUNDING TO SUPPORT QUALITY SCHOOLS
The General Assembly must restore K-12 funding to
pre-recession levels, reversing the Support Staff Cap that
cut funding by nearly $340 million every year since 2008.
Also, the General Assembly must fund the Virginia Board
of Education’s revisions to the Standards of Quality,
which will increase the number of positions funded
with state dollars, put more resources on the ground in
every school in the Commonwealth, and free up local
dollars so that localities can focus their spending on
improving salaries for all school employees.
2. PROFESSIONAL PAY FOR ALL EDUCATORS
Teachers and education support professionals
are the backbone of successful schools.
The future of Virginia public education depends
on its ability to recruit and retain a
highly-skilled and diverse workforce. Virginia
teacher pay must, at minimum, be brought
up to the national average, and all support
professionals must earn a living wage.
3. A REAL Voice
In 2020, Virginia educators won the right
to engage in collective bargaining with
their school divisions. We believe collective
bargaining allows teachers and support
professionals to bring their professional
expertise to the table—and that’s good for
students. We will advocate for agreements
in every Virginia locality.