To: Public schoolteachers
From: The commonwealth of Virginia
Thank you for your service. You do an amazing job. Every school day, you expand the minds of children who want to be taught, and gracefully handle the young hellions who don’t.
You’re working many nights, too, coaching school athletics, grading papers or writing lesson plans, while the rest of us watch “Dancing With the Stars” or “American Idol” or shows about commercial fishermen in Alaska.
You take pride in understanding that education is about the future. Quite literally, you’re preparing the minds of the people who will be leading this commonwealth in the decades to come.
For all of the above, the taxpayers of Virginia owe you a big, fat “thanks.” So give yourselves 150 pats on the back as we segue into the not-so-pleasant subject of your pensions.
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