The Virginia Education Association and state Republicans have not exactly been best buds in recent years. The GOP-controlled House of Delegates’ obstinate refusal to raise revenue has hit schools particularly hard. Tack on measures that divert funding away from public schools and hit teachers’ pocketbooks, and resentment blooms.
But there are the exceptions, and perhaps the biggest is Blacksburg Republican Del. Joseph Yost, who has become a darling of the VEA. Last year, the group named him Legislative Rookie of the Year, and now he is the 2013 Legislative Champion of the Year.