Teacher reform for Virginia? Unions say yes … then no

By Kenric Ward , Watchdog.org

A surprise endorsement of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s “Educator Fairness Act” could be gone with the wind.

The Virginia Education Association, the state’s largest public-sector labor union, announced that it supported proposals to evaluate teachers and dismiss “incompetent” instructors.

Apparently, other teacher unions didn’t get the memo.

“The VEA rushed into a compromise with the governor that was unnecessary, and puts teacher’s due-process protections at risk,” Steve Greenburg, president of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, told Watchdog.org.

Greenburg asserted that the VEA “never consulted with their largest local in the state — the Fairfax Education Association — as they oppose the agreement as well.”


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