The Virginia Education Association will hold a trio of rallies Saturday across the state to protest the General Assembly’s decisions on public school funding and bills that change retirement benefits.
In Virginia Beach, a rally will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Trashmore.
In Charlottesville, a “wake” for public education will take place at noon on the Downtown Mall.
In Roanoke, a “wake-up call for public education” will be held at noon at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
VEA President Kitty Boitnott said in a statement that the rallies build on the success of the group’s “Black Friday” event two weeks ago, during which thousands of members wore black to protest funding cuts.
“Virginia needs to wake up to the fact that public schools are so strapped that the quality education provided to students is being jeopardized,” Boitnott said. “State funding is behind the level provided five years ago. Our class sizes have grown and now rank us 41st in the nation. Our teacher salaries are $7,000 below the national average.We cannot and will not stand by as quality public education is dismantled.”