McDonnell will not tackle education funding goal this session
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.
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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