As a graduate of Washington County, Virginia public schools, Israel understands the importance of public education in our region. Public schools are facing grave challenges due to the downturn in the economy, but Virginia still manages to produce a solid and successful school system.  

Israel advocates for Southwest Virginia students and teachers in the Virginia House of Delegates. A great education begins with great teachers, which is why we must recruit and retain highly qualified and talented educators.  In order to attract and retain those teachers, we must at least increase Virginia’s teacher salary to the national average. Even though times are tight, education must remain one of our top priorities.  Israel wants to see our students succeed and that success begins in our classrooms. Israel is a proponent of education at all levels from early childhood education to K-12, college and graduate studies. Investing in today’s children— and tomorrow’s workforce— is critical when planning for a future of continued economic growth.

Equally important is an educational focus on offering technical skills and workforce training to Virginians. For those seeking to tackle a second career, workforce retraining is vital. Through partnerships with local community colleges and workforce development programs, we can train individuals in highly-technical skills, making them desirable employees. These programs are also instrumental resources in retraining workers who have been laid off or displaced. In addition, we can work with local four-year colleges to craft educational paths to better equip students with the knowledge and training that quality employers consider valuable. This is a partnership for success for all involved.