Resolution: Support plate for teachers

It’s such an obvious addition, we can only ask: Why didn’t anyone think of this before?

Virginia is hoping to offer the option of a specialized license plate honoring teachers. Heaven knows they deserve it.

The offer at present is conditional, however: At least 450 people must sign up for a plate before Jan. 8. After the required number of people commit to purchasing the plates (at an extra $11 each), the request goes to the General Assembly for approval. Then the plates can actually be obtained.

The effort is thanks to a coalition of Louisa County students and officials — including Del. John McGuire, R-Louisa, who represents the 56th House District. He came up with the idea and approached Louisa County school officials, who added their support.

Students became involved by designing the license plate: a school-bus-yellow background featuring the tick marks of a ruler and the words “Virginia Loves Teachers,” with the “o” replaced by a picture of an apple.

Del. McGuire serves on the House of Delegates Education Committee, and says the license plate is the first in a series of steps to support teachers and tackle a statewide personnel shortage. The Virginia Department of Education has identified critical teaching shortages in special education and in elementary, middle and high schools.

“Teachers are more likely to stay if they are appreciated,” the delegate said.

Source: Opinion/Editorial: Resolution: Support plate for teachers | Opinion | dailyprogress.com

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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