Joined by Virginia public school students, teachers, superintendents and parents, Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled his 2012 legislative and budget actions that support his administration’s ongoing “Opportunity to Learn” K-12 education agenda.The actions, to be introduced in the 2012 General Assembly session, focus on raising standards for schools and teachers, reducing mandates on local school divisions, expanding educational options for Virginia students, enhancing teacher quality, and funding for critical education and training programs.
The governor’s proposed budget also includes $438 million in new, additional K-12 funding over the next biennium.
“In February 2010, I was joined by Republican and Democratic legislators to initiate our ‘Opportunity to Learn’ agenda which included legislation that allowed for the establishment of virtual school programs, college partnership lab schools and further strengthened Virginia’s public charter school law,” said McDonnell. “Today, we are gathered again to announce our 2012 initiatives that will further reinforce this commitment to improving K-12 education, adding rigor to school curricula, strengthening our teacher workforce and repealing the calendar requirement to give localities the ability to choose when to start school.