This comprehensive insurance program covers claims and lawsuits against educators for acts or omissions arising out of the member’s activities in his or her professional capacity, such as: bodily injury to students under his or her supervision, corporal punishment, violation of students’ civil rights, accusations of sexual or physical abuse, or other alleged wrongful acts.
The policy provides a full $2,000,000 of protection per member per incident. That is twice the coverage that most other education associations offer!
VPE’s Professional Liability Coverage guarantees up to $35,000 for legal expenses, if the educator is exonerated. Of this amount, up to $10,000 is guaranteed regardless of the outcome, even if the educator is not fully exonerated.
VPE’s Professional Liability Coverage guarantees up to $10,000 for legal expenses, if it is shown that your employment rights have been violated. Of this, $1,000 is available up-front for legal consultation and local representation by an attorney, regardless of the outcome. Covered actions include dismissal, tenure, salary, leave of absence, assignment, resignation, and other professional rights, duties, and responsibilities. VPE can also provide additional legal resources at our expense.
We can also help you with a multitude of other employment issues and problems which can arise, even if you haven’t done anything wrong. These issues can include problems with sick leave/medical leave, problems with an evaluation or improvement plan, misunderstandings that results in a letter of reprimand or warning, and many other similar circumstances. VPE can help you understand your rights and help walk you through your options and choices in these situations.
VPE provides teacher scholarships and classroom mini-grants of up to $500 to our members for professional development and for class projects. These awards are competitive, but we are usually able to fund most of the requested projects. (We do give preference to members, but non-members are frequently funded as well.)
VPE helps to provide support for several major professional development conferences in Virginia each year, including the highly regarded Teachers of Promise Institute, and the VATOY’s Network TLC Symposiums.
In addition, VPE members enjoy “choosing their own” professional development opportunities and conferences and having them funded by our Teacher Scholarship program (described above).
Virginia Professional Educators helps keep you informed on major education policy changes that affect you, both in the classroom and in your on-going career. VPE’s local and regional leaders often attend School Board meetings on your behalf, so you can be informed and aware of policy issues and changes taking place. VPE also maintains two full-time representatives working on your behalf at the General Assembly during the Legislative Session.
We focus on the classroom and on helping teachers. VPE actively represents our members in employment situations when they need legal help and professional support. We also represent you in the General Assembly for public education funding and protecting your VRS benefits.