The debate over school choice has become a hot-button issue in Virginia, especially for the governor’s race.
Teachers unions, like the Virginia Education Association, have blasted Ken Cuccinelli (R.) for his education reform plan, which includes parent control over failing schools, an increase in charter schools and an amendment that would clear public funding for private, religiously-affiliated schools.
Virginia Education Association president Meg Gruber disagrees with Cuccinelli’s plan, noting that public schools are already under funded. She fears amending the Virginia constitution to take “away protections for our tax dollars to stay out of private entities.”
The Virginia Education Association has endorsed Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, who has advocated for increased funding for public schools. McAuliffe has remained mum on the issue of school choice.
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