Upcoming Levy Supports Kids!

The Maintenance and Operations Levy Supports Kids!

As you became aware through the McCleary action, the state had not fully funded educator salaries and many aspects of basic education.  With the social and emotional needs of our students, the state also woefully underfunds certain staffing categories that our students and members rely upon for support.  The levy helps fill the gap to fund essential services and community priorities.  Please be aware that the following state funding levels are currently in place to serve 24,000 students in 37 buildings…

District wide statistics for state funded positions.

Nurses:  3.5
Counselors:  44
Teacher/Librarians: 28.5
Family Engagement (FCRCs): 2.5
School Safety (DROs):  4.25
Paraprofessionals: 39.25

The district has also historically relied on levy funds for teachers and support staff, Special Education, custodial services, subs in every employment category as well as all supplemental pay beyond the base salary for student enrichment activities (TRI, extended school year, Appendix E, etc.).  Sports, extracurricular and intramural activities are also funded by the levy!!  For more information please visit https://vansd.org/levy/

There’s also a Technology Levy on the February 12th ballot!  If approved by voters, the technology levy would not be a new tax; it would renew the existing tech levy that expires in 2019.  The tech levy would provide training for teachers to educate students on the skills required for success on the job.  It also would maintain or renew iPads and laptops for students for the next six years (through 2025).  The state basic education funding is not sufficient to meet the community’s level of expectation for students who are fully prepared for their future careers.

Please remember to vote!

National Board Certification Information

VEA National Board Candidate Support Cohort Program

2018-19VEA provides facilitated support for candidates going through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process. Candidate support is optional for teachers completing their National Boards; however, teacher candidates who are part of a support program show a significantly higher passing rate.

As part of a cohort, candidates receive support, instruction, and feedback from their trained facilitators who are VEA colleagues. Examples include: “unpacking” the National Board component prompts, finding evidence of National Board standards, and ensuring alignment.  To participate in the cohort, please complete the survey monkey found under “news flash” AND the registration form found under the documents tab above.   Clock hours will be available.

Details on the 2018-19 cohort:  Click Here

 

Don’t be taken in

The Freedom Foundation (previously called the Evergreen Freedom Foundation), a known anti-union group, is trying to put a wedge between members. They have been contacting members to encourage them to drop their union membership. This is not a coincidence. They are funded by groups that are not for public education. And who is the largest advocate for public education? The Union!Read More

The Purpose of the Vancouver Education Association

The preeminent purpose of the Vancouver Education Association shall be to work for the improvement of the schools of the state and nation in general, and particularly for the improvement of the Vancouver public schools to the end that these institutions become progressively better places for the students and teachers to carry out the educational activities that are necessary for the attainment of a quality education of the children they serve.