Education Cuts Hit High-Poverty School Divisions Hardest
School divisions with the highest poverty rates have seen their state funding drop far more than their counterparts in more affluent communities since Virginia state lawmakers began cutting school funding in 2009. Funding cuts in poor school divisions have been nearly three times greater per student than those in divisions with far lower poverty rates.
Budget Savings in Expansion States Can Happen in Virginia
Nationwide, 27 states and Washington, D.C., have freed up precious resources for critical needs like education by closing their health coverage gaps and saving money on medical care. The same could be true for Virginia, to the tune of $161 million.
This new report looks at how four states – Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and New Mexico – are seeing actual savings of millions of dollars in their state budgets as a result of closing the coverage gap, the same way Virginia could if state lawmakers dropped their misguided opposition to the move.
The state of education in the commonwealth is something that matters to all Virginians. The better our schools and the more our children learn, the better our economy will be in the long run. These updated infographics present key data about K-12 education in Virginia, including school funding issues and a brief look at the needs and performance of Virginia students.
Improving Virginia’s Employment and Training Opportunities under SNAP
Virginia is stronger when people have the skills, education, and training they need to find and keep good, in-demand jobs that support their families. That’s why it’s crucial for policymakers to bolster workforce development efforts with readily available federal resources. Virginia has a number of opportunities to strengthen the state’s workforce development system through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) program.