Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Freeda Cathcart candidate for HOD 17th district says incumbent owes educators an apology

Freeda Cathcart is running to unseat incumbent Del. Chris Head.

Freeda Cathcart is running to unseat incumbent Del. Chris Head.

Tuesday morning candidate for Delegate Freeda Cathcart, participated in a forum hosted by the Virginia Retired Teachers Association (VRTA) alongside State Senator John Edwards and Delegate Chris Head.

In a press release Cathcart claimed Delegate Head insulted teachers at the forum saying teaching was “easy.”

She claims Head added insult to injury toward Roanoke Valley Educators at the Virginia Retired Teachers Forum. Last week Head dismissed the efforts of the Roanoke County School Board members who traveled to Richmond to ask him to bring home the $700,000 in matching funds for teacher’s raises by saying that “I don’t think they had any expectation that they were really going to get it” as reported in The Roanoke Times.

Cathcart chided Head for being out of touch with the needs of the education community. When Head suggested that young people aren’t becoming teachers because there are no teaching jobs available, the teachers immediately shot back saying there are no jobs available because of funding cuts to our schools and class-sizes have been dramatically increased.

Head asked if teaching jobs had been cut and the room responded with a resounding yes. When Head said that teaching is an easy profession the room erupted with a negative response.

Cathcart said “It’s obvious that my opponent doesn’t understand how decisions in Richmond affect our local schools and has little to no respect for our hard working teachers. We need to reform the SOLs so our teachers are allowed to teach, we need to pay our teachers what they’re worth and we need to ensure our schools are fully funded so our kids get the education they deserve.”

Cathcart has been endorsed by Virginia Education Association (VEA) and homeschools her four children.  She has also been endorsed by three local School Board members, Chairman Jerry Canada, Mike Stovall, and David Wymer. She promised to “take every reasonable action to make the $700,000 in matching state funds retroactive.” The School Board had gone to Cathcart’s opponent, Delegate Head, for his help, but Head said he didn’t think it was a serious request and gave up with “blinding speed,” she stated.

“I will be an advocate for our schools in the General Assembly”.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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