The Commonwealth Institute analyzes state support for public pre-K-12 education to increase the value of our public schools to the commonwealth. Our analyses review overall levels of support as well as the impacts of targeted programs. Reports and analyses from the current year are posted here. Work from prior years can be found in the archive.


cover April 26, 2017 Cuts to School Funding are Hurting Virginia Classrooms click image for pdf of report Reduced state investment in public schools in Virginia since the recession has significantly impacted day-to-day operations in schools all over the Commonwealth. Schools have been forced to eliminate teachers and instructional specialists, place increasing responsibilities on teachers, reduce critical support positions such as nurses and school counselors, not keep pace with the changing language needs of students, eliminate student clubs and shorten afterschool programs, and allow facilities to deteriorate and fall into disrepair.
Recent Education Reports
Cuts to School Funding are Hurting Virginia Classrooms
April 26, 2017
The governor’s proposed changes to the 2016-2017 budget
February 23, 2017
November 4, 2016
Key information and trends about demographics and funding
September 14, 2016
Virginia Lags in Providing Low-Income Students the Opportunity to Succeed in the Classroom
June 1, 2016
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