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Thank You! We Did This, Together!

We are inspired by all West Virginia public school educators did this past year to reimagine public schools for our students, our families and our communities. 
To our public school educators - we say THANK YOU! Everyone saw your selfless and tireless support for our students, families and communities during this COVID-19 pandemic. Educators belong to their communities. And we did all this, together. 

Take a moment today to thank West Virginia public school educators.  Tell them: We appreciate all you do every single day for our students and public schools! 
Thank them when you see them in your local community and thank them online using these hashtags:  #ThankYouEducators #WeDidThisTogether #IamWVEA

And together, we'll make this school year awesome!

Here are the videos and visuals to be shared on social media to thank our educators for all they do.

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This Community Thanks West Virginia Educators

Thank you, West Virginia Educators! 

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 Newspaper ads that appeared in all West Viriginia newspapers over Labor Day, 2021.

 

  

 

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WVEA: Making Public Schools Great for All West Virginia Students

WVEA members believe public schools are the gateway to opportunity and success for our students.  We work together and with education partners, including pro-public education legislators, to provide quality public schools for all our students. As public education experts, we advocate for the teaching and learning conditions, resources and opportunities our students and educators need to succeed.

Students deserve great public schools

All students deserve schools with the resources, programs, and curriculum to nurture their curiosity, imagination, spirit, talents, and desire to learn. Especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. Stand with us and together we can provide the resources and opportunities our students and educators need to be successful.

The pandemic shows the value of public education. Local schools have always been centers of communities. Even during the pandemic, our local public schools organized hybrid or on-line instruction, and provided meals, internet access and more for their community. WVEA members have found creative ways to reach and teach our students. It meant we worked longer hours and in ways we’ve never worked before. We came together to help each other to provide quality instruction.

Public Schools: Now more than ever!

Funding for Public Education – #FundOurSchools #NowMoreThanEver

  • The issues that our schools deal with mirror the challenges confronting our students and families during this pandemic. Schools house heroes: school employees who have worked above and beyond to teach students and make sure everyone is safe. 
  • If we’re serious about every child’s future, let’s get serious about doing what works. This means resourcing our public schools so that students have inviting classrooms and class sizes conducive for quality instruction, a well-rounded curriculum and support services for students who need them.
  • Decreasing enrollment due to the pandemic means a loss of resources and a loss of jobs. Public schools deserve to be held harmless financially.
  • We oppose any proposals that will take money away from our public schools. Charter schools, vouchers, and education savings accounts (ESAs) all take money from our already financially strapped local school systems.

Pensions – #FundOurPension

  • Maintaining the funding of our pensions and the current plan of paying off the unfunded liabilities is important for active employees and current retirees to have a guaranteed a pension.
  • We are opposed to refinancing the remaining balance. The current plan calls for the liabilities to be paid off in 2034.

PEIA – #PEIA #KeepThePromise #HealthCare

  • This COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of healthcare and funding PEIA. Cutting state revenues will make it more difficult to fully fund PEIA. A long-term funding solution must be found for PEIA.
  • The Task Force pushed for funding PEIA through the general fund, which allows for various funding sources.
  • Promises were made to find a long-term funding solution for PEIA. Promises must be kept.

Vouchers / ESAs – #NoVouchers  #NoESA #ESAShortchangesKids It’s about “their” kids, not OUR kids / Don’t shortchange our kids

  • Voucher and ESA schemes rob our students and educators of much needed resources and opportunities.
  • Voucher and ESA proponents are making this about “their” kids, not about all our kids. West Virginia’s Constitution prioritizes a free public education for all students, not a select few.
  • Public dollars need to go to public education and should require accountability and transparency.
  • Voucher and “education savings accounts – ESAs” schemes are just a ruse because even with the voucher, most of our families can’t afford to send their children to private schools.
  • At a time when our nation and our state face serious budget challenges, the last thing we need to do is spend scarce taxpayer dollars on vouchers for private/religious schools that are not accountable and that pick and choose their students. 
  • Vouchers and ESAs do not reduce public education costs. They actually increase costs by requiring taxpayers to fund two school systems and their bureaucracies – one public and one private. The money that goes into a private or corporate ESA or tuition account is money that has been reallocated from the public school budget.

Charters – #NoCharterSchools #JustSayNo #ChartersHurtKids

  • We are opposed to charter schools because they take money from existing classrooms and rob our teachers and students of resources.
  • We finished the first of a three-year Charter School pilot that dictates local schools be the only authorizer. That’s how it should be. Local boards of education and educators know best how to educate local students.
  • Charter school companies didn’t get what they wanted and now they want to change the law. They should work within the current framework to establish a charter school.