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Louisa County has some excellent teachers and administrators who give their all for our students. They work overtime, not only to fulfill requirements, but also figuring out what each student needs to succeed. Plus, they spend their personal money on supplies that are not adequately provided by our schools. These dedicated superheroes need our support.
One reason I plan to vote for Juanita Jo Matkins for Virginia House of Delegates is that she will prioritize public education. She taught in Louisa County schools for over 20 years and understands the needs well. She went on to teach future science teachers at William and Mary. She understands both what it takes to educate students and the need for a curriculum that will give Louisa’s students access to success in this century.
Some say that you can’t solve problems by throwing money at them. Well, actually, we can solve a lot of them with money. We can pay teachers well enough to attract the best. We can hire more teachers so we can have smaller classroom sizes. As a retired Louisa County educator, I have seen many teachers leave for better pay and better benefits.
The Commonwealth of Virginia is 32nd among the states in teacher pay rates. Virginia is not a poor state, although we have counties that are not so well off (Compare Louisa to Northern Virginia). Funding schools to make them more nationally competitive, as well as more equal among counties, is a state-level concern.
Let’s send Juanita Jo to Richmond where she can tackle this issue. She will not only fight to better fund public education from preschool through college, but will also work to expand career and technical training and to raise teacher pay. Our children and their parents and our teachers need her in the state House of Delegates.
Editor’s Note: This letter originally appeared in the October 17th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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