Because of our historically strong commitment to elementary and secondary education, and recent investments in our community colleges and universities, Virginia has repeatedly been named the best state for a lifetime of learning. Unfortunately, the recent nationwide financial crisis has left less in our state budget for our schools.
I believe strongly that our children are our future, and that all of them deserve a world-class education. In order to ensure that they are prepared to take on the jobs of tomorrow, and to compete in a global economy, we must restore and increase funding for K-12 education, including teacher salaries.
We must also continue to develop a strong workforce in Virginia by supporting career and technical education at our outstanding community colleges, and take advantage of the economic development potential of innovation at our research universities.