Today at this year’s Sterlingfest I had the opportunity to speak with J. Warren Geurin, Sterling representative to the Loudoun County School Board. He mentioned the misleading statements Democrat Stevens Miller and the Democratic Party of Virginia have made regarding Delegate Tom Rust’s stance on education funding. Geurin was handing out copies of a letter he wrote on the subject and I asked to be able to reproduce the letter here, in its entirety. Geurin gladly agreed. So, without further ado I present Mr. Geurin’s letter:
To The Sterling Park Community,
I recently received some misleading propaganda from the Democratic Party of Virginia citicizing Delegate Rom Rust, who has worked hard for 8 years to improve Virginia’s education funding.
The Loudoun County School Board commended Mr. Rust in 2005 for “his vision, leadership, and perseverance” in voting to provide additional state funding to Loudoun County. Loudoun County schools received $6.8 Million in additional funding that year, which helped us compliment local funding of the school budget. Tom Rust has directly lowered the burden that falls to Loudoun property tax payers by supporting the most far-reaching education financing reform of a generation in 2004.
The most egregious statement is where Tom Rust’s opponent claimes he will get “our share” of school funding. He fails to mention that as a County supervisor, he voted to cut our school by $34.2 Million in local transfer just 7 months ago. So, one should ask – who really supports our Loudoun schools? The answer is: Tom Rust.
Since 2005, Delegate Rust’s actions have brought a 97.8% increase in state funding to Loudoun County schools, while our enrollment grew by 38%. The positive changes to our school system balance sheet total $98.2 Million over a 5-year period. The idea that Tom Rust has cut funding to local schools while in Richmond is factually incorrect. The truth matters. It matters more than partisan politics.
Tom Rust is a strong advocate for Loudoun County parents, their schools and our efforts to improve student achievement. His support for improved state funding of education is a hallmark of his service as our Delegate. Tom knows our Sterling Park schools, he knows our community. He is not a stranger to us. Tom will continue work to help us meet the challenges to improve student learing and preapre them for a bright future.
The Loudoun Education Association, the Fairfax Education Association, and the Virginia Education Association have each endorsed Tom for re-election. These three teacher associations recognize Tom’s value to education.
I have worked closely with Tom Rust since he was first elected as our Delegate in 2001. Tom Rust deserves the support of all voters who are truly interested in Loudoun schools.
J. Warren Geurin
Loudoun County School Board