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Nominate a Fantastic ESP for ESP of the Year

October 24th, 2017

Take a moment to recognize great work by nominating one of your Education Support Professional (ESP) colleagues for the ESP of the Year Award. This award is given annually to an ESP member who has made significant contributions to their schools, communities, and their profession.  Find the full information and nomination instructions here and the nomination… View Article

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Our schools need your vote!

October 23rd, 2017

The attacks on public education are in full bloom across the country. Over the last nine months, we have seen a national administration that wants to take the “public” out of public education. They are stripping rights to special education students, making plans to re-segregate our schools through vouchers, and loosening standards on for-profit charter… View Article

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Brabrand Addresses FEA, Unionism is Important

October 2nd, 2017

This year’s opening Representative Assembly was the first in a long time where our members walked out optimistic about the direction of their school system. Last Wednesday, FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand stopped by the Fairfax Education Association Representative Assembly and delivered some remarks to our members. He spoke mainly on the importance of being in… View Article

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President Hickerson Welcomes Members to a New School Year

August 28th, 2017

Welcome Back to School!  I am so excited to start another terrific year in FCPS and to welcome back our outstanding teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers, instructional assistants, bus drivers and all our amazing FCPS staff. This is an exciting time for us and I share your enthusiasm to provide the best educational experience possible for… View Article

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Year End Wrap Up, Salary Scales, and Workload

June 27th, 2017

This year has been an interesting year. We were not without our challenges and setbacks, but we find that when we work together we can make great gains. We pushed back against many of the most harmful changes to ERFC, we defeated the Right to Work Amendment statewide, and kept local control of charter school… View Article

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FEA Protects Retirement for 8,000 Current Employees

April 28th, 2017

Last night, the FCPS School Board voted on changes to the local retirement system (ERFC). When the cuts were first announced eight months ago, many on the school board saw no problem in changing the rules of the game for newly hired teachers. Some were more than willing to let the non-vested, those with less… View Article

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Last Push to Save ERFC

April 21st, 2017

By Kevin Hickerson I came to this county 13 years ago looking for an opportunity to teach high school special education. I did my research of all the Northern Virginia counties and compared their salary and benefits. One of the pieces of compensation that I found to be particularly interesting was the local defined benefit… View Article

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Survey on Substitute Teachers – Results are In!

March 9th, 2017

  FEA members expressed to FEA leadership and staff their frustration with the shortage of qualified substitute teachers, so we put together a survey to determine the scope and nature of the problem. We found that overall there is a shortage of substitutes.  Imagine our shock! Also, we found that many substitutes lack the background… View Article

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Grassroots Coalition Rejects Fairfax Budget Proposal, Urges Board of Supervisors to Invest in the Community

February 17th, 2017

  Immediately following Fairfax County Executive Ed Long’s budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors, a grassroots coalition of local families, small business owners, county employees, teachers and firefighters called on the Board of Supervisors to work with the public to pass a budget which “Invests in Fairfax.” “It is unacceptable that in the wealthiest… View Article

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Update on the ERFC Push – Good News!

February 14th, 2017

FEA members wrote hundreds of emails to the School Board, made hundreds of phone calls, and told our stories of how ERFC (the Fairfax supplemental retirement program) changes would impact FCPS employees.  Our efforts culminated in over 50 supporters of ERFC attending the School Board meeting last Thursday. Because of all you did, the Fairfax… View Article

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