2024 Lobby Day and Rally for School Funding!

On Monday, February 19, we held our first ever Fund Our Schools lobby day at the state capitol. Over 100 participants joined us to visit dozens of legislators and urge them to support fully and fairly funding our public schools.…

Our statement on the House and Senate proposed budgets

Strong, well-supported public schools are vital to ensuring that every child in every zip code is able to pursue their educational and career ambitions. The House and Senate budget proposals that were released today make strides in better supporting Virginia’s…

Legislative updates at crossover

Tuesday was crossover for the Virginia General Assembly, which is when the bills that have been passed by one chamber “cross over” to the other one for consideration. On Sunday the House and Senate will announce their proposed budgets. Many…

Statement on the Governor’s Proposed Budget

The governor’s proposed budget was released yesterday and includes a number of changes in state support for Virginia’s students. Unfortunately, the governor’s proposal does not appear to make any significant progress toward funding the critical needs of our students and…

School funding in the new budget

After many months of waiting through complicated and contentious negotiations, a state budget was finally signed into law on Thursday, September 14th! The budget includes some important investments in our public schools, including progress on items that we have been…

What we have to say about accreditation

Our perspective on Virginia’s school accreditation process: Last night in his CNN town hall, Governor Youngkin brought up changes to Virginia’s school accreditation system that were made in 2018 and said that they were responsible for “lowering standards” in Virginia…

Statement in response to House and Senate budget proposals

House Budget Proposals Prioritize Corporations over Virginia Children; Senate Proposals Respond to Student Needs See our map comparing the two budgets here. Virginia lawmakers have a remarkable opportunity this year to significantly improve educational opportunities for our children, who are…

Statement on VDOE’s funding error

This week, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) acknowledged an error in their mathematical formula for funding local school divisions. Reversing this at the expense of Virginia schools would have significant consequences for students — amounting to a reduction of $201 million in state funding over…