CHESAPEAKE -- Six regional superintendents say it’s time for Virginia lawmakers to increase funding for their schools.
Superintendents from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, York County and Poquoson say the percent of state funding to their districts in each Operating Budget has dropped significantly since the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
In a letter to budget conferees, they wrote, “The general fund revenues have increased above the 2008-2009 totals. Those adjustments should be restored to ensure the full funding of the Standards of Quality as provided in the Virginia Constitution.”
In making their case, they said the loss of funding has made it difficult to recruit the best and brightest teachers, only allowed for minimal salary hikes and often no increases, delay the adoption and/or purchase of textbooks and forced them to pass increase in fees for services to parents.
The superintendents asked the conferees to direct their staff to provide budget information that includes options for restoration of a significant amount of those formula changes.