The Virginia Education Association reported that if passed the bill would result in a $100 million cut to schools that are already underfunded, which could potentially fire 1,700 teachers in Virginia.
Democratic nominee for the 13th District of Virginia, Atif Qarni, stated, “As a teacher I have seen first-hand, resources being cut from our public schools. My smallest class size last year was 34 students.”
Qarni’s opponent Delegate Bob Marshall’s voting record shows funding for education is not a top priority. He voted for a budget that decreased school funding by $620 million in 2010, an amendment to HB 30 that increased class sizes and against the Conference Report to HB 1500 that would have given $30 million to keep schools safe.