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Topic - Kitty Boitnott
House Republicans on Monday morning pre-emptively protested the Virginia Education Association and the Virginia PTA, touting their own education proposals that have been roundly denounced by the teachers' groups, which later gathered for their traditional "lobby day" at the Capitol.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's education initiatives for kindergarten though 12th grade are likely to draw some bipartisan support in the coming General Assembly session — but they also have given out-of-power Democrats a toehold for their new role as the effective minority party.
The Virginia Education Association on Thursday urged the General Assembly to properly fund the state's $50 billion pension system as Virginia, like most other states, grapples with how to dole out benefits to an ever-increasing number of workers hitting retirement age.
The president of the Virginia Education Association is pressing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to make K-12 education a funding priority and to increase teacher salaries as part of the states next biennial budget.
"This General Assembly did not do due diligence, and the Virginia citizens need to know that, if nothing else," said Kitty Boitnott, president of the VEA.
"Virginia has much work to do to make sure the best teachers are in front of students across the state," she said. "But this bill would have had the opposite effect — it would have made it easier to arbitrarily fire teachers while doing little to enhance the support all teachers need to be successful."