One of the most important components of economic development is making sure that we have a well-educated, qualified workforce to fill the new jobs coming to and being created in Virginia. In order to encourage future economic growth, we must make sure we are preparing Virginia’s youth for the highly skilled and high-tech jobs of the 21st century.
K-12 education is a top priority under the McDonnell administration, in order to ensure that all children, regardless their zip codes, have access to the high-quality education they need for the top jobs of the 21st century. This includes making sure we are providing educational options for our young people, have the best teachers in our classrooms, are preparing our students for the high-demand subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), and have programs in place to ensure every student is college- or career-ready upon graduating from high school.
We are great making progress towards this ambitious goal.
In 2010, the administration laid the groundwork to increase educational options for our young people through legislation that facilities the expansion of high-quality public charter schools, virtual schools and college partnership laboratory schools in the commonwealth.