Governor Bob McDonnell released his FY 2015/2016 (and final) budget with $582.6 million of increased funding fore the biennium for k-12 and pre-kindegarten education. Speaking for the new funding for K-12 education, the governor noted “It has been said that providing high quality schools for all children, and thus greater access to the American Dream, is the civil rights issue of our time. We have made great strides over the last four years to ensure that all students are able to get a world class education.”
The governor also notes that “over the last four years we have directed more money into the classroom, where instruction counts” and that there has been a 7.8 increase since 2008 of ninth graders receiving diplomas and a change in the statewide dropout rate to 5.9 percent for seniors graduating in 2013 as compared to 6.5 percent for the class of 2012.
His press release goes on to list many other achievements which building administrators and educators in general support. In addition to the needed funds necessary bost to new and existing programs, the ever popular Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) and A-F school reports for parents recieve his attention and blessing in his budget commentary.
You may access his complete announcement at http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=2118.