Friday, January 26, 2018

Loudoun Educators Lobby Lawmakers in Richmond for VEA Lobby Day

Members of the Loudoun Education Association (LEA) descended on the Virginia General Assembly to discuss important education issues.

LCPS educators spoke with Delegate John Bell
Led by LEA President David Palanzi and Government Relations Committee Chair Sandy Sullivan, Loudoun educators met with Senators and Delegates who represent Loudoun County.  LEA members met with Senators Dick Black and Jennifer Wexton and Delegates John Bell, Wendy Gooditis, Dave LaRock, and David Reid to discuss the importance of making school employee salaries competitive and to retain quality teachers.

LEA members met with Senator Richard Black
The new federal tax law limits educators’ tax credit for money spent on classroom supplies to $250. LEA members asked that Virginia match that tax credit. LEA asked that future recommendations from the SOL Innovation Committee be approved by a majority of the Committee, rather than a subgroup.  Also discussed was the need to address the “school to prison pipeline” in order to achieve success for all students.  

LEA also asked lawmakers to adopt a state-wide school climate survey which would yield quantifiable data on workplace conditions and the resulting impact on the retention of educators. 

These critical dialogues with lawmakers in Richmond have helped inform legislators about many issues facing educators employed by Loudoun County Public Schools and throughout the state of Virginia.