“Something that I would really like to commend [Terry] on is your plan for teacher pay”
“I really applaud [Terry’s] efforts for the virtual internships, because that is something that we definitely see here”
“One thing [Terry] could do for me is provide equal access for every student to have a successful chance at learning”
BRISTOL, VA – Terry McAuliffe today held a virtual education roundtable with educators, parents, and a student in Bristol, Virginia to discuss his big, bold education plan. As governor, Terry will dramatically and immediately increase teacher pay and ensure that every Virginia student has access to an equitable, world-class education. Terry’s plan also calls for getting every student online and making sure they have access to virtual internships so geography is no longer a barrier for success.
Below are key quotes from the event:
“One thing [Terry McAuliffe] could do for me is provide equal access for every student to have a successful chance at learning. During COVID and the pandemic, switching to remote learning has definitely been tough. But some students, they don’t even have internet access at home, like [Terry] said,” said Solomon McKinley, Bristol high school student. “I like [Terry’s] plan to get internet access for every student because in the team meetings, some students, they couldn’t even join or their internet access would be too weak to even stay on the call and they would drop out of the call, missing out on information or education.”
“Something that I would really like to commend [Terry McAuliffe] on is your plan for teacher pay that you were saying,” said Aley Kistner, Bristol parent and teacher. “I actually live in Tennessee – so I live in Bristol, Tennessee – and I’m a 15 year teacher here in Bristol, Virginia public schools. I wouldn’t leave for anything, and just to prove that, I could teach in Bristol, Tennessee and make that $10,000 more a year and not pay Virginia state tax. But my loyalty with this division is very deep. I’m not going anywhere…To reiterate, retaining those teachers – the quality teachers – keeping them here is something that is very important and I’m so glad that’s on [Terry’s] radar.”
“I really applaud [Terry’s] efforts for the virtual internships, because that is something that we definitely see here,” said Jamie Moser, Bristol school counselor. “One of the things that I’ve been doing for years as a school counselor is a really kind of blow out Career Day, because my guiding principle always was ‘if you can’t see it, you can’t be it.’ And so, if you happen to come from a place where there is a little less to see, or it’s a little more circumscribed, then that can be so much more of a hindrance than even you realize in the moment. You don’t even realize, you don’t even know you can dream.”