Harrisonburg Citizen: McAuliffe highlights Lucy Simms as part his campaign proposal for education - Terry McAuliffe

Harrisonburg Citizen: McAuliffe highlights Lucy Simms as part his campaign proposal for education

Harrisonburg Citizen: McAuliffe highlights Lucy Simms as part his campaign proposal for education

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat running for that job again in 2021, is naming a key piece of his education plan after one of Harrisonburg’s most prominent historic figures: educator Lucy Simms. 

McAuliffe will visit Harrisonburg virtually on Thursday, fielding questions in a town hall hosted by JMU Civic & Dukes Vote.

His “Lucy Simms Educator Program” will pay the college tuition and room-and-board costs for certain students who commit to teaching in Virginia public schools for five years in high-demand fields. Those include special education, elementary education, middle school education, middle and high school math, and career and technical education. 

McAuliffe told The Citizen he named the initiative after Simms because “for decades, [she] taught young Black students and really was a legend and an inspiration for so many people.”

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