LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) －Democratic candidate for governor Jared Henderson announced Thursday that he has been endorsed by the Arkansas Education Association and education leaders, including former Arkansas Teachers of the Year.
“I’m honored to be endorsed by the Arkansas Education Association, a group that continually fights for stronger support of teachers and more equitable education, in addition to education leaders who are examples of what it means to lead with passion for re-imagining our education system to work for every child,” Henderson said.
“I want the universal potential we see in our children to be matched with universal opportunity in our public schools. This means we must focus on attracting and retaining our best and brightest in the teaching profession, and equipping them with pay, benefits, and resources that are commensurate with the important output their profession creates,” Henderson added.
“Listening to our teachers gets to the heart of my values on education, which are that we must empower educators with the respect of understanding they have first-hand knowledge of what can be done to make Arkansas’s education system the best in the country. That is why I created my teacher plan based on what I saw working in classrooms across the Delta and getting feedback from teachers from every part of the state, particularly those who work in high-need subjects and districts.”
In addition to the Arkansas Education Association, the following individuals endorse Jared Henderson for Governor:
- Dr. David Rainey, former legislator and current board chairman of the Delta Technology Education Center
- Jonathan Crossley, 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year
- Kathy Powers, 2011 Arkansas Teacher of the Year
- Paul Gray, 2008 Arkansas Teacher of the Year
- Justin Minkel, 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year