General Assembly Asked to Restore Public Education Funding

February 15, 2011

Virginia education groups and localities are reiterating their call for the General Assembly to restore funding for public education as legislators work to resolve differences between House and Senate budget proposals.

The Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Education Association, state superintendents and school board groups planned a gathering Monday at the state Capitol to call for legislators to "repair the damage" they say has been done to K-12 education by several cycles of state funding cuts.

The Senate's amendments provide more than $100 million more for K-12 funding than the $5.5 billion that Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed for the 2012 fiscal year. The House of Delegates' version is about $93 million lower than McDonnell's amendments.

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