Virginia Education Association Endorses Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg

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VanValkenburg was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2017.

HENRICO – Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico) is excited to announce he has been endorsed by the Virginia Education Association, a statewide community of more than 40,000 teachers and school support professionals working for the betterment of public education in the Commonwealth. In addition to serving in the legislature, Delegate VanValkenburg has and continues to serve as a full time teacher in the Henrico County Public School system.

“There is no better voice in the House of Delegates for public education than Schuyler VanValkenburg” said Jim Livingston, VEA President. “As a classroom teacher, he knows first-hand what our schools need and he stands up to do what is best for all of our students. We can count on him to champion legislation that brings more resources to our schools and targets the students the most in need. When the General Assembly votes on bills that affect our classrooms and our kids, it is good to know that VEA member and public school teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg is there to fight for us.”

“This is an incredible honor because it comes from my peers, fellow teachers and educators,” said Delegate VanValkenburg. “Thanks to their support, we will continue to fight for policies that invest in our schools and their safety.”

Delegate VanValkenburg was endorsed for his important work legislating and advocating for Virginia’s public schools in critical areas including:

● Implementing a state-wide school climate survey for teachers to evaluate building-level working conditions and the impact those conditions have on teacher retention and student achievement, as defined in HB 1119.

● Requiring unencumbered planning time for all teachers to help them teach effectively, as introduced in HB 2612.

● Establishing a Teacher Advisory Committee, composed of educators, who would help inform policy decisions and offer guidance on how policy recommendations would actually play out in Virginia’s classrooms, as defined by HB 2638.

While these bills were defeated on a party-line vote, Delegate VanValkenburg looks forward to reintroducing them in the 2020 legislative session, where he believes that his fellow Democrats and responsible Republicans will see the merit in investing in positive educational reform for our children and their school systems. “We need to finish the work we started,” said VanValkenburg. “It’s why I ran in 2017, that’s why I’m excited to run again now in 2019.”

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