Virginia teachers union to hold ‘Fund Our Future’ rally

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FILE- In a file photo from Aug. 22, 2018, teacher Amber Keathley talks with students during the first day of school at Northwest Early Elementary School in Jackson, Mich. New data from the National Education Association’s annual rankings and estimates report found the average salary for Michigan teachers declined last year, continuing a 12% decline during the last decade when adjusted for inflation. Only Indiana, West Virginia and Wisconsin have had worse declines in teacher pay during this period. (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot, MLive.com via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Education Association is hosting a rally at the State Capitol to call on lawmakers to increase state funding for public education.

The union said in a news release that teachers, administrators and school board members from around the state are expected to attend Monday’s “Fund Our Future” rally at the Bell Tower on the grounds of the State Capitol.

The VEA is a union of more than 40,000 teachers and school support professionals. Speakers at the rally will include VEA President Jim Livingston, Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Kinzer, Fairfax County School Board member Abrar Omeish and several teachers.

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