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Standing Together for Public Schools

It's our mission to ensure educators have a seat at the table while education policies are discussed and made. Education employees are the best experts regarding what our schools and students need. Whether it is working to pass local levies, trying to eliminate needless paperwork, working through the COVID-19 issue, protecting planning time, or preventing educators' hard-earned rights from being eroded or repealed by anti-teacher legislators, WVEA advocates tirelessly on issues that matter to you. We make sure your voice is heard. Our collective actions have prevented bad laws from being passed, ensured the funding of PEIA and protected educators’ salaries and benefits.  Our guiding principles include the following.

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 schools. 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.

Educators’ voices will be heard. Historically, WVEA members have been successful in standing together and advocating for public schools. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our access to lawmakers was limited. Nearly every decision impacting education employees, school volunteers and students stems from policy established by politicians at the county, state and national levels. Educators voices must be heard, recognized and respected when developing and implementing public education policies. Especially issues involving teaching and learning conditions.

Educators direct our policies and actions
The West Virginia Education Association advocates for its members, public education employees and students through a wide variety of efforts, including political and public policy actions. WVEA’s legislative policies are developed by members through the WVEA Delegate Assembly and the WVEA Legislative Committee. These documents offer guidance to our professional lobby team who work with WVEA member lobbyists to impact policy decisions.