MEET WITH US
As a recently formed NEA caucus, we have members scattered all over the country, and we are only beginning to figure out how best to collaborate and coordinate our activities. We have held several phone conference meetings (download the meeting noteshere) and plan to continue doing that.
Emails about these meetings will be sent to our mailing list. Please join us at our phone meetings!
SUPPORT BEN JEALOUS FOR GOVERNOR
One of our biggest efforts for the first half of 2018 will be to work to get Ben Jealous elected Governor of Maryland. As former chair of the NAACP and a former national Our Revolution board member, Ben has a proven record of active support of our platform. By becoming Governor of the great state of Maryland, Ben will help all of us across the nation to advance our agenda in a big way. Let's join together to get Ben Jealous elected Governor!
HELP BUILD OUR CAUCUS IN VIRGINIA
VEA Members for Our Revolution was recognized as a caucus of the Virginia Education Association at Executive Board meeting in October. This gives the opportunity to have a table and to reserve room space at the VEA RA next Spring.
Virginia scored a big victory in the elections last November, including electing three Our Revolution endorsed members to the Virginia House of Delegates:
VEA Members for Our Revolution will be looking to work closely with these three progressive delegates as we move a people's agenda in Richmond.
To get things started, we are heading to VEA Lobby Day on January 22, 2018, where we plan to meet with the delegates.
EDUCATION RELATED BILLS IN VIRGINIA
A big thanks to Our Revolution NOVA Steering Committee member Kenny Allen Boddye for putting together the following list of education related bills currently making their way through the Virginia General Assembly and posting them on his Facebook page:
- HB-2 (R. Bell, J. Bell) - Teacher licensure; reciprocity, spouses of Armed Forces members
- HB-36 (Kory, Hope) - School calendar; opening day of school year
- HB-251 (Guzman) - Public schools; Standards of Learning assessments
- HB-831 (Bagby) - Virtual Virginia; availability to all public middle and high schools
- HB-1477 (Roem): School boards; establishes several requirements relating to school meals
- SB-170 (Stanely, Locke): Prohibits students in preschool through grade three from being suspended or expelled except for drug offenses, firearm offenses, or certain criminal acts