Frequently Asked Questions
What is Virginia Educators United?
Virginia Educators United is a coalition of teachers, education support professionals, administrators, and those who care about the state of education in Virginia. Our goal is to ensure that students have access to highly qualified and experienced teachers, that educators are compensated fairly, and to improve the educational environment in the state of Virginia.
Why Virginia Educators United and not Virginia Teachers United?
We recognize that it isn't only teachers that make a school or a school district operate. Someone has to answer the phones, mop the floors, cook the food, deliver the mail, repair the leaks, keep an eye on security, etc. So many different job families are involved in the day to day operations of our public schools, that we just say "educators." All of these people are part of the education process, and all teach our students something. Our crossing guards teach students about how to be safe around traffic. Our custodians teach our children how to be clean in a public space. Our health assistants teach our children how to be healthy. Our tutors help students learn beyond just the classroom. We are ALL educators, and we must ALL stand united!
Are you linked to any political organizations or parties?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: VEU is a grassroots organization that has interests in common with many upstanding organizations in Virginia. Our members are part of many organizations and serve in many capacities. The decisions of VEU are made for the sake of our volunteer members. Where our interests align with other groups, we try to work together. Our structure does not report to other organizations. We are currently seeking members to join our action team. Click here to fill out our action team form if you would like join the movement.
What are the goals of VEU?
In Virginia, the time of waiting for political winds to shift in our favor is over. Our salaries languish in the lowest tier nationally, far below pre-Recession levels. Overcrowded, over-tested, and under-resourced schools are crumbling under the weight of deferred maintenance and declining investment. Our children, our communities and our Commonwealth deserve better. Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to highly qualified and experienced teachers, that educators are compensated fairly, and to improve the educational environment for every child in the state of Virginia.