INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION ARE CRITICAL TO OUR FUTURE, YET VIRGINIA INVESTS LESS IN K-12 EDUCATION TODAY THAN IT DID A DECADE AGO, WHEN WE WERE IN THE HEART OF THE ECONOMIC RECESSION.
At the same time, Virginia now ranks 32nd in the country in average teacher pay, forcing many teachers in our community to get second jobs just to make ends meet.
Taken together, these issues have created a teacher-retention crisis here in the Commonwealth: Over 20 percent do not return after their first year; 50 percent of teachers leave after four years.
In the House of Delegates, I’ll fight to justly compensate our teachers and ensure they have the support they need, both to stay– and succeed succeed—in the classroom. At a time when the federal government is erasing protections for people with student loans, we must step up our efforts to curb abusive lending practices.