In opposition of a bill the state Senate is considering--which would "phase out" systems like tenure and make it easier for teachers to be dismissed--the Virginia Education Association (VEA) is holding a "wake" for public education in Charlottesville, Va., the Fairfax News reports. The bill would also cut educators' retirement benefits, according to the paper. In a statement, the VEA said they don't feel like a priority to lawmakers: “After 216 years, Public Education is being destroyed by lack of funding, unfunded mandates, high stakes testing, an underfunded retirement system, and loss of continuing contracts. Left to mourn...

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