~ Deeds: That's why I'm Running for Governor -- to Expand Educational Opportunities for Everyone' ~
Creigh Deeds' campaign for governor released a new television ad Sunday highlighting his specific plans to invest in education and make college accessible and affordable for Virginia students.
The ad -- entitled "Priority" -- highlights Deeds' Virginia Forward Scholarship, which would pay half of in-state tuition for high school students who maintain a "B" average and commit to 2 years of public service in Virginia.
"My mom sent me off to college with just four $20 bills, so I know good schools are the best investment we can make in our children's future," Deeds says in the ad. "That's why I created the Virginia Forward Scholarship Plan. If you graduate from high school with a B' average -- and commit to 2 years of public service -- we'll pay 50% of your tuition.
"That's why I'm running for governor -- to expand educational opportunities for everyone," Deeds continues.
Deeds, whose grandmother was a public school teacher in Rockbridge County, has a long record of investing in education. He backed Governor Mark Warner's 2004 budget that made record investments in Virginia education, advocated for raising teacher pay to the national average, and fought against Governor Jim Gilmore's higher education cuts.
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