The Virginia Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education has recommended Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor.
“Virginia’s school children deserve a governor who understands that great public schools are the avenue for a better future for the Commonwealth,” said Meg Gruber, president of the Virginia Education Association and chair of the VEA Fund for Children and Public Education. “Terry McAuliffe not only knows this, he is prepared to act on this belief to strengthen public schools and make sure all children have an opportunity to get a great education and thrive in the new economy.”
Gruber added, “Teachers and other school professionals are the foundation for great public schools. Terry McAuliffe is committed to making teaching a more attractive profession for our best and brightest. He will work to increase Virginia teacher pay to the national average and prevent cuts in Virginia Retirement System benefits, because low pay and reduced retirement benefits will discourage young people from entering teaching at a time when we need the best possible candidates to work with our students.”
State funding of public schools through the Standards of Quality is below 2009 levels, Gruber pointed out. McAuliffe, she said, has pledged to restore and fully fund the Standards of Quality. “In his candidate interview with us, he showed that he appreciates the value of public education and how critical it is to expanding opportunities for Virginians,” she said. “As he told us, ‘I never view education as an expense. To me, it’s an investment.’”