Terry McAuliffe: “It is crystal clear: Glenn’s economic plan would be a disaster for Virginia’s students, teachers and families, putting Virginia’s future at risk.”
MCLEAN, VA – A new study published by Virginia Excels, an education advocacy organization focused on K-12 education, details the effects of Glenn Youngkin’s economic plan on Virginia’s education system. The report finds that if applied evenly across the board, Glenn Youngkin’s economic plan to eliminate the state income tax would result in the loss of $10 billion in state funding over the biennium for public education and 43,000 educator positions. It would slash the Commonwealth’s general fund by 72 percent, leaving Virginia’s students and teachers at risk.
Virginia has some of the best public schools in the country – schools that lift Virginians up and give students a vital path to success. But Glenn Youngkin wants to decimate the funding that Virginia’s counties and cities rely on to pay their teachers, fund their special education programs and keep students safe and in school. Removing this critical source of funding would eliminate resources that are vital to Virginia students’ success, such as educator salaries, Career and Technical Education (CTE), special and gifted education, and more.
“The smartest investment our Commonwealth can make is in education. That is why I kicked off my campaign by announcing my comprehensive plan to give every Virginia child a world-class education,” said Terry McAuliffe. “If Glenn Youngkin had his way, Virginia would see massive cuts to funding for our schools, which would be devastating for our economy as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crystal clear: Glenn’s economic plan would be a disaster for Virginia’s students, teachers and families, and it would put Virginia’s future at risk.”
As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will ensure that every student receives a world-class education. His plan will invest a record $2 billion annually in education, which will raise teacher pay above the national average for the first time in Virginia history, give every 3 and 4-year-old in need access to pre-k, and get every student online. Terry is also committed to keeping kids in the classroom safely. He has urged all Virginia school divisions to require staff and personnel to be fully vaccinated in order to keep schools open and protect Virginia’s over one million K-12 students – many of whom are still ineligible for vaccination. Glenn Youngkin opposes vaccine requirements for teachers and has rejected CDC recommendations to keep children safe in schools.
Terry has released 18 detailed plans to strengthen Virginia’s education systemand dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, reform our criminal justice system, ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals, address the broken, predatory system of prescription drug pricing, confront the gun violence epidemic, make Virginia the best state in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Care (STEM-H) and computer science education, tackle the housing crisis in the Commonwealth and invest in Virginia’s workforce in the post-COVID economy, ensure Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care, tackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035, lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, further advance LGBTQ+ rights, create a flourishing rural economy, support entrepreneurial ecosystems, tackle rising costs and meet the health care needs, make higher education more affordable and boost Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries.