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Nearly every decision impacting education employees, school volunteers and students stems from policy established by politicians. Whether the decision is that of a local school board who establishes a dress code for employees or uniforms for students, to the highest level of federal testing standards enacted by the United States Congress, there is a direct and critical link between public education policies and government.

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.

WVEA Members Finalists for Awards

During the summer, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced the finalists for the 2023 West Virginia Teacher of the Year and School Service Personnel of the Year award….

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WV Teacher and Support Professional Shortage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –⁠ Two teacher’s aides face charges for not reporting child abuse of special needs students at an elementary school in Kanawha County earlier this week. WVEA President Dale…

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President Lee projects teacher vacancies will top 1,500 this year

As the new school year approaches, West Virginia school districts are already facing a teacher shortage. WVEA President Dale Lee thinks the problem will only get worse this fall. “I…

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Stay Denied For Hope Scholarship

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The WV Intermediate Court of Appeals has denied a stay request for the Hope Scholarship ruling. The state Attorney General’s Office filed a motion for a stay on…

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Proud to Belong

One WVEA Generation to the Next July 11, 2022 As the 2022 school year comes to a close, the excitement grows for student teachers like Jessica Schultz who are getting…

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Hope Scholarship ruled Unconstitutional

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  PDF July 6, 2022 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – WVEA President Dale Lee responds to the decision issued by Kanawha Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit regarding her decision on the voucher program:…

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Member Spotlight: Jessica Harmening

What is your name and current teaching assignment?Jessica Harmening, Special Educator, Mountaineer Middle School, Monongalia County (6th grade) How long have you been a teacher?I am nearing the end of…

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Public Schools Forced to Cut Positions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Every year there has been a decline in West Virginia public school enrollment since 2014. According to the WV Department of Education, there are 1,400 fewer students this year compared to last…

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Lewis County’s COVID Leave

Lewis County Education Association (LCEA) President Kim Bonnett was contacted by members all over the county who are frustrated with COVID working conditions.  President Bonnett then reviewed the COVID relief plan…

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WVEA Members Nominated to Attend NEA-RA

Eighteen WVEA members were nominated to represent you at the 2022 NEA Representative Assembly (NEA-RA) in Chicago, IL. WVEA members attending the July 3-6 event are: Diana Bailey, Monongalia County; Sara…

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