Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Virginia Municipal League and Mayor Stoney Call for State to Fund the True Cost of Education



On October 2, 2018, the Virginia Municipal League (VML) adopted its 2019 legislative program, which includes support for funding the true cost of public education.

Specifically, VML calls for the Commonwealth of Virginia to recognize that the current Standards of Quality do not acknowledge the actual cost of educating students, which includes pupil transportation, school support staff, access to broadband and other necessary technology and competitive staff salaries. These operational costs are in addition to the necessary facility maintenance and construction costs borne by school systems across the state. 

Since 2009, local governments have taken on a much larger share of the funding, which has resulted in approximately $4 billion above the required local effort for Standard of Quality programs in 2016 and 2017.

“I applaud VML for acknowledging that the Commonwealth of Virginia needs to fund the true cost of education,” said Mayor Stoney. “Since 2009, Virginia has decreased state funding for K-12 education by an estimated $378 million per year. Expecting localities to make up the difference is unsustainable and irresponsible, and does an injustice to our children.” 

Mayor Stoney today announced that he will submit a resolution on October 8, 2018 that, if adopted by city council, would call upon the Virginia General Assembly to fulfill its constitutional obligation to adequately fund the true cost of education in Virginia.

“I am calling on leaders in other localities to join us and adopt similar resolutions that underscore our unified commitment to our kids,” the mayor said. “Localities need more money, for better schools, to build stronger students. Our children are counting on us, and it’s time for the General Assembly to step up.”