Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day

Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day focuses on the importance of these school employees, who take care of students every day, making sure they have the tools they need to succeed in school.

Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day was first celebrated in 1987, after NEA's Representative Assembly called for the creation of a way to honor the contributions of school support staff.

The name reflects a growing pride in the valuable role ESPs play throughout America's public schools. Today's support professionals provide invaluable services that enable students to learn in positive, supportive environments. ESPs are equal and essential partners in the education process.

For more information about EAA's celebration of our support professionals, contact the EAA Office at (703) 370-1121.

Monday, November 1, 2010

NOT Waiting for Superman

Rethinking Schools recently wrote:
  • On Sept. 24, a new film, “Waiting for Superman,” drew media attention to public education across the country. Unfortunately, most of it has been negative. So we’ve started a project to talk back to the film and the message it promotes. We hope you will join us on the pages of
  • The message of the film is that public schools are failing because of bad teachers and their unions. The film’s “solution,” to the minimal extent it suggests one, is to replace them with “great” charter schools and teachers who have less power over their schools and classrooms.
  • This message is not just wrong. In the current political climate, it’s toxic.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

EAA Calls on Superintendent to Use Education Jobs $$$ to Roll-Back Employee Benefit Contributions

Thanks to the lobbying efforts of NEA members across the country, $1,382,862 from the Education Jobs Fund is heading our way.  School divisions are only permitted to use funds for compensation and benefits and other expenses, such as support services, necessary to retain existing employees, to recall or rehire former employees, and to hire new employees, in order to provide early childhood, elementary, or secondary educational and related services. 

Recognizing that ACPS employees’ have experienced a cut in take-home pay this year, your EAA Meet and Confer team has asked Superintendent Sherman to use some of the funds to roll back the 0.5% supplemental retirement contribution ($500,000) and the employee contribution towards dental insurance ($300,000). 

Dr. Sherman has agreed to consider EAA's request.  We will keep you posted as the school system finalizes plans for this funding.

Initial guidance from the US Dept of Ed on using these funds can be found HERE.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

"Understanding Retirement" - EAA Seminar, November 3rd

The EAA “Understanding Retirement” seminar will be held this year on Wednesday, November 3rd from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the School Board Meeting Room, 2000 N Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA 22311.  This is an “EAA Members Only” event. Registration ends at 5 p.m., Thursday, October 28th.
Registration extended to Noon, Friday, Friday, October 29th.

Registration has closed for this event.

To register, call the EAA Office (703) 370-1121 or email

NEA Fund Congressional Recommendations

Your elected leaders on the VEA Fund Executive Committee examined the records, interviewed the candidates and studied the questionnaires to pick the best congressional candidates for public education.  Then, President Boitnott moved the recommendation of these candidates at the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education Council meeting in Washington.  This year, NEA concurred with all of our Virginia recommendations.
The NEA Fund recommends:
Glen Nye in the 2nd
Bobby Scott in the 3rd
Tom Perriello in the 5th
Jim Moran in the 8th
Rick Boucher in the 9th
Jeff Barnett in the 10th
Gerry Connolly in the 11th
Targeted Races are in bold.  Targeting is done in races that are deemed to be competitive. 
Members in the targeted districts may receive mail pieces and phone calls from VEA and/or NEA.  While we do not use dues money to contribute to candidates, we do work to inform members of the recommendations.
Thank you,
Robley Jones

A Call for Presentations

Student Virginia Education Association
Delegate Assembly
March 25 – 26, 2011
Sheraton Hotel, Roanoke, Virginia

Deadline for submitting proposals is December 1st, 2010