Part of VAST’s mission is to be the voice for Virginia Science teachers before governmental bodies and other organizations. The purpose of this committee is to use our time, energy, experience and knowledge to bring about changes in laws, policies and programs for the benefit of high quality science education in Virginia.
In order to maintain a nonprofit status under federal rules, the Virginia Association of Science Teachers is nonpartisan and works to direct its efforts at members of both political parties in order to enact change. When VAST officers or board members participate in legislative activities that educate lawmakers about officially adopted VAST positions, or support or oppose a particular piece of legislation that is in agreement with the VAST positions, it is done on a strictly nonpartisan basis.
A summary of ALL the numerous bills related to education can be found at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/legislation/index.shtml.