Our Proud History. Since 1857 NEA has led the crusade for the rights of all educators and children. NEA believes every student in America, regardless of family income or place of residence, deserves a quality education. .
Our Proud History
Since 1857 NEA has led the crusade for the rights of all educators and children
NEA believes every student in America, regardless of family income or place of residence, deserves a quality education.
Dedicated Association members teach, drive, feed, counsel, nurse—and inspire.
Ironically, even though the NEA had been open to minority educators from day one, women were barred from joining.
This changed at the end of the Civil War and the Association was open to “all persons,” not just “gentlemen.”
Attendees traveled by rail, horse and buggy and on foot through Civil War torn VA.
Founding president: Col. Lee Powell of Winchester was called into active duty for the Confederacy so the first term was completed by
Rev. Dr. John Atkinson, President of
Hampden Sydney College
VA’s all-black teacher organization formed in Lynchburg at the Peabody Institute, a training school for African American teachers.
James Hugo Johnston, President of Virginia State University
VTA’s 2nd president was a female
Rosa Dixon Bowser
Elementary teacher in Richmond’s public schools for 39 years; first African American female to teach in Richmond public schools.
A plaque in the VEA conference room lists all presidents of both VEA and VTA dating back to 1863
NEA’s first legislative victory: establishing the Department of Education.
A sweatshop in neighboring NC.
VEA worked with the Virginia General Assembly to create the pension plan that is now called VRS—the first of its kind in the country.
Dr. Young was America’s first female superintendent
1929The U.S. stock market crashed forcing some schools to close. In those that remained open, the teachers copied textbooks by longhand.NEA gave our schools voice.
World War II: NEA coordinated the rationing of staples and promoted the sale of Defense Savings Stamps. They also lobbied for special funding for public schools near military bases.
Until 1971 in Virginia, a
pregnant teacher had to
resign “before she began
VEA/NEA won the fight to overrule mandatory leave for expectant teachers in Chesterfield, VA.
2009 for ESP’s
born in Altavista and taught in Alexandria 1960-1976,
VEA President from 1976-78 NEA President from 1983-89.
Brought $1.5 Billion to VA Schools
after 36 years…
A great public school for every child in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The mission of the Virginia Education Association is to unite our members and local communities across the Commonwealth in fulfilling the promise of a high quality public education that successfully prepares every single student to realize his or her full potential. We believe this can be accomplished by advocating for students, education professionals, and support professionals.
New member w/ building rep in Chesterfield County
Repair the Damage Rally in Richmond, 2011
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
Your Association work can help.