Education Funding

Budget Plans Improve ELL Teacher Ratios, But is it Enough?

Feb 19, 2020
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Democratic lawmakers agree that it’s necessary to spend more on teachers for English language learners, but they have different takes on how to address the shortage.

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Lawmakers have about a month left in Richmond and the biggest item on the legislative to-do list is now finalizing the state budget. A bipartisan coalition is pushing to make sure public schools in rural Virginia get their fair share.

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Now that the Democrats are seizing power in Richmond, interest groups are already angling for money from the budget.

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Is the way Virginia funds its schools equitable? That’s a topic up for debate in Richmond.

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Hundreds of educators from across the state are in Richmond this weekend, considering their next steps in pushing for more state funding. It comes at a time when new numbers show Virginia teachers are paid almost $10,000 below the national average.