November 19, 2018 by Chris Wodicka & Michael J. Cassidy Over 600,000 of Virginia’s working families currently receive the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For families struggling to make ends meet, these tax credits make a difference in terms of putting food on the table, affording child care, and staying current on utility bills.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN VIRGINIA-130 October 4, 2018 State per-pupil funding for K-12 education has declined 9 percent since the 2008-2009 school year, adjusting for inflation, while the student population is projected to have grown by more than 53,000 students and staffing has declined by 1,242 positions. Those are just a few of the key facts summarized by The Commonwealth Institute’s latest compilation of K-12 data.
Staff Ratios Versus Standards-01 August 20, 2018 by Sherri Egerton, Andrew Warren, Chris Duncombe & Rachael Deane Executive Summary School counselors, social workers, psychologists, and nurses play essential roles in meeting the mental health needs of students, keeping all students safe, reducing the use of exclusionary discipline, and helping students achieve academic and career success. Over the past decade in Virginia, the number of school counselors and support staff has fallen, while overall student enrollment has grown – and the number of economically disadvantaged students who can benefit most from their services has increased dramatically.
Share of EITC Returns Out of All Returns-01 July 31, 2018 by Chad Stewart and Chris Wodicka We know from an extensive body of research that the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective anti-poverty tools in the United States. Yet, as this report will detail, many eligible households throughout Virginia do not take advantage of this credit.

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