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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:45 am

The citizens of Virginia can see trouble ahead.

With all of the obstacles coming our way – from widespread layoffs to traffic jams – we are responsible for doing everything we can today in order to make tomorrow better. One of the best first steps we can make would be to strengthen our education system.

Our current system needs an alternative to the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests that put too much emphasis on memorization rather than critical-thinking skills, competitive salaries to attract and retain the best teachers, and stronger partnerships between our community colleges and employers in order to create a highly-employable workforce.

Ken Cuccinelli says that he will be a leader for education reform in these three areas, but he has spent his over 10 years in Richmond as an elected official doing nothing. In fact, he has used his power in Richmond to sue professors for teaching anything that doesn’t fit his ideology. Social agendas have no place in education.

Only one candidate for governor has taken the time to visit the Commonwealth’s educators and learn from them what the challenges and solutions are. That candidate is Terry McAuliffe.

Terry will appoint a blue ribbon commission to propose solutions for testing our students, restore teachers’ salaries and benefits so that Virginia can attract and keep quality educators, and he will hold quarterly meetings with the presidents of the Commonwealth’s community colleges so that he can personally make sure that Virginia is getting the most out of our great educational resources.

The Virginia Education Association believes in Terry. In fact, they endorsed him for governor over three months ago.

If you believe that we have to do better for our students, our educators, and our Commonwealth, then start supporting Terry McAuliffe to succeed Bob McDonnell as our next Virginia governor.

Jamie Favors

Williamsburg

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