Statement on NAEP Results

With the release of the state-level 4th and 8th grade reading and math NAEP results today, it’s clear Virginia’s long-standing underfunding of our highest need schools continues to take a toll on our students. Continued lack of sufficient state resources…

Response to the State Achievement Gap Report

A Missed Opportunity to Highlight Disparities and Effective Solutions On May 19th, 2022, the Virginia Department of Education released a 34-page report on academic achievement in Virginia’s public schools at the request of Governor Youngkin. The Governor presented the report…

FOS Statement on the Conference Budget

Conference Budget Makes Critical Investments in K-12 Public Education, But More Work Is Necessary To Provide A Quality Education to All Students We have issued the following analysis in response to the conference budget proposal following negotiations between the Virginia…

Our Letter to Budget Negotiators

As we end March and begin April, legislators have still not agreed on a final budget. We are urging legislators to agree on a budget soon that includes our key school funding priorities because it is crucial that any budget…

Update on legislation and budget negotiations

Together, we’ve worked to advance five key school funding priorities this session through legislation and the budget process. While the main part of legislative session ended on March 12, budget negotiators are still working on a compromise between the House…

Statement on Proposed House and Senate Budgets

Two Different Approaches to Funding for Critical K12 Education Priorities in House & Senate Budgets The Fund our Schools (FOS) coalition has issued the following analysis in response to the proposed budgets from the money committees in the Virginia House…

Crossover Legislative Update

We have been hard at work during this legislative session fighting for our policy priorities and to protect gains made in previous sessions. You can read more about our policy priorities and why they’re important here. We have now reached…

FOS sends memo to legislators on proposed budget

On Friday, February 11, members of the Fund Our Schools coalition, along with other education groups, sent a memo to the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee with recommendations for K-12 budget investments for the proposed two-year…

Statement on Governor’s Proposed 2022-2024 Budget

On December 16, 2021, Governor Northam introduced the 2022-2024 biennial budget, which comes in the wake of a global pandemic that continues to test our educators, students, and parents in unprecedented ways, and follows a far longer history of underinvestment…