Assistants of the year honored at reception

By VBEA Staff / May 20, 2016

Good Afternoon everyone. Welcome to the 33rd Annual VBEA Assistant of the Year Awards Reception. My name is Trenace Riggs, President of the Virginia Beach Education Association. I am joined tonight by the Chair of the VBEA Teacher Assistant Steering Committee- Barbara Powell. Before we begin I’d like to recognize some people who are in…

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NewEd to provide support for new educators

By VBEA Staff / April 21, 2016

VBEA member and rep Brittany Jones, who is a first-year teacher at College Park Elementary, received approval at the recent VEA Convention for her NewEd proposal that would “establish a group of new educators to provide a support system for new educators, provide a bridge of membership from SVEA to VEA, increase VEA membership, and create…

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Status of education-related bills in General Assembly

By VBEA Staff / January 22, 2016

With the General Assembly session underway, there are myriad bills related to education being debated and discussed, including ones on charter schools, virtual schools, ones allowing homeschoolers to participate in public school athletic programs, and many more. Here’s a comprehensive listing of education-related bills, updated through March 2, 2016. For more information on each bill,…

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VBEA’s e-ITK newsletter – January 2016

By VBEA Staff / January 13, 2016

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a  great holiday and are refreshed and renewed to start the New Year! I’m starting out this e-ITK with messages from NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia and VEA president Meg Gruber, and a request from Meg about ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act. She is asking that, with…

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VBEA president asks for school board to consider calendar option

By VBEA Staff / December 16, 2015

The following are remarks made by Virginia Beach Education Association president Trenace Riggs concerning the 2016-17 school system calendar at the Dec. 15 School Board meeting in which she asked for them to consider voting on a calendar with two full day embedded professional development days without taking any winter holidays away in December or summer vacation days…

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Attorney General releases video outlining dangers of heroin use

By VBEA Staff / December 10, 2015

In the wake of his appearance at a Virginia Beach forum with school board member Carolyn Weems on heroin use, Attorney General Mark Herring has released a video, “Heroin: The Hardest Hit,” which focuses on heroin and prescription drug abuse in Virginia. The film examines the epidemic from all angles with Virginians sharing their own…

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VBEA president on American Education Week

By VBEA Staff / November 19, 2015

The following is the address given by Virginia Beach Education Association president Trenace Riggs during the Nov. 17, 2015 Virginia Beach City Public Schools school board meeting.  This isn’t merely a commemoration of American Education Week. It isn’t just a simple acknowledgement and then we move on and forget the hardworking teachers, support staff, administrators,…

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Dyslexia group co-hosts symposium, movie screening at Webb Center

By VBEA Staff / September 30, 2015

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting 15 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation was founded in 2008 with the mission to teach children and adults with dyslexia how to read, at no cost to the families. On Thursday, Oct. 1, the…

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McAuliffe: ‘We have not honored teachers the way we should have’

By VBEA Staff / September 30, 2015

Vowing to put K-12 public education atop his budget priority list. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other state officials received a litany of suggestions on how to improve the working conditions of teachers and provide a better learning environment for children during a education roundtable Monday at Kellam High School. > The crux of the…

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Belote ad focuses on public education

By VBEA Staff / September 22, 2015

Check out Dave Belote’s first ad, which focuses on public education. Belote received the endorsement of the Virginia Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education and is running to represent State Senate District 8. “I believe every child in the Commonwealth should have the same opportunity to reach his or her potential through full-day kindergarten, paying…

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