More Cash for Schools by Changing Constitution

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Kaine wants to change the state constitution to make Virginia fully fund the Standards of Quality that it sets for schools. Right now, local cities and counties are required by law to pay for education expenditures. Many superintendents feel the state isn't picking up its fair share.

A study released by JLARC, the General Assembly's own accounting firm, says Virginia is under funding education statewide by $500 million a year. With about one million students in schools throughout the Commonwealth, that's roughly $500 short for every child.

John Kidd, Rockingham County School Superintendent, says, "Our teachers have done very well. Our kids have done very well, but our Board of Supervisors and School Board have had to work very closely together and unfortunately, most of that funding has been local."

Kaine is also proposing to raise Virginia teachers' salaries to the national average and to require annual teacher evaluations.

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