Effort to put 'Virginia Loves Teachers' on state license plates.

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (CBS 19 NEWS) -- As schools prepare to get back to business after the new year, there's an effort across Virginia to honor teachers by displaying support on cars, but there's a deadline of Jan. 8.

The state tourism slogan "Virginia is for Lovers" is popular, but now there's a chance a new version could be added saying "Virginia Loves Teachers."

It's an idea that Delegate John McGuire from Louisa County and Louisa
Schools Superintendent Doug Straley came up with to honor the second most important adults in the lives of children.

"This idea came to me from a constituent in Louisa County and so we represent four counties but the idea came from Louisa County," McGuire said.

Straley says it's about time.

"Our educators today are building good citizens, and they have such a huge impact on our society," he said.

But to make the license plates a reality, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles needs 450 people to pay $10 dollars each by Jan. 8 to the DMV.

McGuire says this proposed license plate also sends a big message.

"Right now, Virginia has a teacher shortage and we've passed some legislation last year to incentivize teachers, especially teachers who taught in other states," he said.

McGuire says now teachers from other states can teach in Virginia before they become accredited in the state.

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