Equality in education is not enough. We must demand equity in funding for children in rural areas. The formula used for the Virginia Standards of Quality (SOQ) in education is inadequate and change is needed. Derek will fight to restore a dedicated source of funding for rural education and work across the aisle in the House of Delegates for SOQ reform.
Teacher salaries in the Commonwealth of Virginia rank in the bottom 32% nationally. We must increase teacher pay and offer monetary incentives to work in rural areas. Derek will be a strong voice for teachers to earn a higher wage and advocate for the development of programs, such as tuition forgiveness to recruit educators and retain local talent.
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