Legislators renew push to fully fund, update standards for public education

The battle over Virginia’s obligation to fully fund the costs of public education has resumed in the General Assembly with the same price tag but a new intensity because of the potentially devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on public schools.

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, and Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, have reintroduced legislation to require the state to meet the obligations that the State Board of Education formally prescribed 15 months ago for Virginia to provide a quality education for students K-12 and redress inequities arising from poverty across the state.

“It is long past time that we invest in our children,” McClellan said in a news conference Monday to promote the “School Equity and Staffing Act” that she and Aird have introduced in the General Assembly for the second consecutive year.