Local Governments Across Virginia Join Effort to Advocate for more Education Funding
Since 2009, state funding for K-12 education is down 9%, while overall student population has grown by 5%.
Virginia Municipal League
“We represent 38 cities, 160 towns, and eight counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Michelle Gowdy, Executive Director of the Virginia Municipal League. “In July of this year, the City of Richmond came to our legislative committee meeting asking our members to support advocating the state to fund the true cost of education. this initiative, and our members did overwhelmingly. We then took this issue to our entire membership in October and again they overwhelmingly supported this initiative, and we look forward to supporting it going forward.”
Virginia First Cities
“We are a coalition of 14 cities from across the Commonwealth and want to express our strongest possible support for increased funding for Virginia public education,” said Kelly Harris-Braxton, Executive Director of Virginia First Cities. “We represent cities all across the state, including: Charlottesville, Danville, Hampton, Hopewell, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Richmond, Staunton, Williamsburg, and Winchester.”
Mayor Justin Wilson, City of Alexandria:
Chairwoman Katie Cristol, Arlington County:
Mayor Nikuyah Walker and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosa Atkins City of Charlottesville:
Mayor Treney Tweedy, City of Lynchburg:
Mayor Gene Teague and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Zebedee Talley Jr, City of Martinsville:
Mayor Kenneth Alexander, City of Norfolk:
Councilwoman Jill Carson, Town of Pennington Gap
Mayor John Rowe, Jr., City of Portsmouth:
Vice-Mayor Anita James-Price, City of Roanoke:
Mayor Carolyn Dull, City of Staunton:
In Virginia, localities are required to fund 45% of K-12 education, but are funding 57% of the spending – to the tune of about $4 billion more than required. In Virginia, localities are funding more than $4 billion over the State’s required local contribution.
For more information about the March For More, visit MoreBetterStronger.com.