Education & the State Budget

House Republican budget-writers are responding to claims that they’ve done nothing this session but focus on social-issues bills.

House Appropriations Chair Lacey Putney said his panel has made funding education and restoring money to the retirement system top priorities.

It provides $578-million for education, including $46-million for reducing class sizes and additional funds for early reading intervention. But Virginia Education Association President Kitty Boitnott says the state has chipped away at both education and teacher retirement for too long, and the damage is already done.

She says with many of the state’s best teachers eligible for retirement soon, the state has to do more than just get by… and at least bring teacher pay up to the national average, while providing better incentives and classroom tools.

–Tommie McNeil

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