Virginia Education Association Meeting
One issue that is constantly brought up is the lack of teachers...cannot find enough teachers...we need teachers...etc. But looks like they do not want to look too hard because they rejected a couple of items that may have made it easier to recruit teachers.
Item #20 - Don't want to recruit instructional employees from state colleges.......
20. COLLEGE FACULTY RECRUITMENT - FAILEDItem #21 - Don't want to recruit outsiders...
The VEA shall begin the process of actively recruiting instructional employees in state-supported institutions of higher education.
(Moved by Joseph Emerson, York, and seconded by Carol Bauer, York)
21. RECRUITMENT OF MARGINALIZED PROFESSIONALS - FAILEDItem #37 - Don't want to give potential teachers a financial break...
The VEA and local Associations will initiate programs to recruit and support new professionals of all ideological stances and make them members of our professional community. These programs will utilize current research on why new teachers leave the profession and will include comprehensive internal organization with public relations support.
(Moved by Shawn Tickle, Bedford Co., and seconded by Imogene Morris, Bedford Co.)
37. FORGIVABLE COLLEGE LOANS FOR EDUCATORS - FAILEDI would like to see some of the reasons and discussion behind these decisions.
The VEA shall seek legislation to provide forgivable college loans to students who, upon completion of teacher preparation in a Virginia college or university, teach in Virginia public schools for 5 years.
(Moved by Joyce Tyree, Culpeper, and seconded by Michael Weisbrod, SVEA)
No wonder there is a teacher shortage.