Creigh Deeds on Education


Don't divert money from schools, even in recession

On transportation, Deeds said he would bring lawmakers together during his first year to come up with a solution and criticized McDonnell's plan for diverting money from schools, something Deeds said he would not do.

In a debate that touched on taxes, gun control, abortion, education and same-sex marriage, it was McDonnell who praised Obama and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), commending the former for championing charter schools and the latter for his handling of the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech.

Source: Washington Post coverage: 2009 Virginia gubernatorial debate , Jul 25, 2009

Require that teacher salaries be above the national average

Creigh's priorities in education are clear: ensuring access to a quality pre-kindergarten program, increasing the number of Virginia students pursuing higher education and taking care of Virginia's teachers who spend each day in the classroom caring for our children.

In recent years the average teacher salary in Virginia has lagged behind other states. Each year, talented and dedicated teachers leave Virginia classrooms for better-paying positions in North Carolina and other surrounding states. According to the National Education Association, in 2006-2007 Virginia ranked 31st in the nation in average teacher salary, down from 20th in the nation as recently as 2004.

We can do better. That is why Senator Deeds wrote legislation requiring our teacher's salaries be no less then the national average. Virginia's teachers deserve better and Senator Deeds has made it a priority to ensure that we take care of the teachers who are taking care of our children.

Source: Campaign website, www.deedsforvirginia.com , Jul 21, 2009

Other governors on Education: Creigh Deeds on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Bob McDonnell
VA Senatorial:
Mark Warner

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
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CA: Jerry Brown (D)
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CT: Dan Malloy (D)
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IA: Terry Branstad (R)
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SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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