For Immediate Release
April 12th, 2013
Contact: Grant Herring
Senator Saslaw Named Legislator Of The Year By Virginia Educators
VEA honors Saslaw’s legislative work with award
Springfield, VA – Earlier today the Virginia Education Association (VEA) named state Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (35th District) Legislator of the Year. The VEA is made up of more than 60,000 teachers and school support professionals across Virginia and recognized Saslaw today at the annual VEA convention.
Saslaw received the award because of his record in the state Senate on issues related to education and his advocacy on behalf of parents, students, and teachers. He has used his leadership role to promote educational opportunities for all Virginians and has led the fight for smaller class sizes, state-of-the-art classroom technology, and more funding for school construction.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the VEA,” said Senator Saslaw. “There is no denying the link between a vibrant economy and first-rate public schools. That’s why I will continue my efforts to make sure that our schools have the resources and the support that they need to thrive. Virginia’s educators are on the front lines every day building a brighter future for our Commonwealth. I am proud to call our teachers allies, and I look forward to continuing our collaborative partnership in the future.”
In 2013, Education Week ranked Virginia’s schools the 4th best in the United States. Dick Saslaw believes that adequate funding for Virginia schools is a core responsibility of state government. The Senator has fought to protect the General Fund, which provides money for Virginia’s schools, from being raided and money for education being siphoned off elsewhere.
“Senator Saslaw has earned the Legislator of the Year award because of his effective and tireless advocacy on behalf of Virginia’s teachers, parents, and children,” said VEA President Meg Gruber. “His leadership in the Senate is unmatched when it comes to public education. The VEA wishes to honor Dick Saslaw’s commitment to improving our schools and his outstanding work in the General Assembly that has helped move Virginia forward.”