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McDonnell will not tackle education funding goal this session

Anita Kumar

With all the talk this week about Gov. Bob McDonnell's charter school proposals, we wondered what happened to his education funding plan.

It wasn't that long ago that he was talking about putting more dollars into classrooms. He mentioned it frequently on the campaign trail and then again in his inaugural address.

In his first speech to the General Assembly, McDonnell reminded legislators of his goal of putting 65 percent of education dollars into instruction in four years. "We must start this session by increasing the state average by one percent, from 61 percent to 62 percent," he said Jan. 18

But McDonnell's office says the governor no longer plans to introduce that proposal this session. He can't tackle everything this session, they say, and he plans to narrow his focus to four priorities: jobs and the economy, the charter school package he introduced this week, making government more efficient and passing a budget on time without a tax increase.

Stacey Johnson, a spokeswoman for McDonnell, said the governor still remains committed to increasing classroom spending to 65 percent by the end of his four-year term.

At least two legislators -- Dels. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond) and Richard Bell (R-Staunton) -- have introduced bills that would require school boards to allocate 65 percent of their operating budget to instructional spending. Johnson said McDonnell supports those bills.

Loupassi's bill was rolled into Bell's bill, which passed the House on a mostly party line vote and has headed for the Senate, where it will be a tough sell.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 12, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate  
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Comments

No time for transportation. No time for education. Yeah, why keep to your key campaign promises?

"He can't tackle everything." Oh, but he's got plenty of time to make sure gays & lesbians keep getting discriminated against. Gotta make sure of that to keep the lunatic fringe happy.

Smoke & mirrors. That's all his campaign was. And you dopes fell for it.

Posted by: BigDaddyD | February 12, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I just read this article on the Washington Post site. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/09/AR2010020903796.html

I also read a lot of negative comments. I praise the Lord for our great Virginia Legislators who not only have a great education but also have Godly Wisdom which is the more important intelligence. If everyone who has negative comments about the views of the Virginia Legislators, just get your Bible and read the New Testament and especially Revelations. You will see that all that is going on in Government, and the World is Prophecy leading to the End Times. In my opinion, our current Government is opening the door for the End Time events. Gays in the military, budget shortfalls, who do you think is causing these issues? Our President is making money where there is no backing excepting the working American's taxes. Again, I praise Virginia's Legislatures for using their knowledge of God's Word. Should religious views be a factor in military? Religious views, especially the Bible, should be a factor in every decision, even the President's and entire Government's decisions.

Posted by: nancycsexton | February 15, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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