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
Virginia is one of only three states whose laws
forbid public employees from engaging
in collective bargaining with their employers.
We believe collective bargaining allows
teachers and support professionals to bring
their professional expertise to the table—and
that’s good for students. We support
Del. Guzman’s HB 582 to accomplish this.