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Video, Photos: Supporters of Virginia Public Education Rally in Richmond

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Good to see candidates, elected officials, educators and grassroots supporters of education funding busy lobbying and rallying this morning in Richmond in support of public education in Virginia! I’ll add more photos, and hopefully video, as I see it. Go educators!

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From Virginia State Senate (27th district) candidate Ronnie Ross:

Ronnie Ross for Virginia Senate On our way to Richmond to #advocateforchange because #FCPS1KidsDeserveIt!
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From Fairfax County Board Chair candidate Ryan McElveen:

McElveen Marches for Education Funding in Richmond
Fairfax Chairman candidate joins parents, teachers, and students in #RedforEd movement

RICHMOND, Va. – Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman candidate Ryan McElveen announced today his support for the #RedforEd campaign. He will join parents, teachers and students in a march and rally on Monday, Jan. 28 in Richmond.

“Haven’t we had enough of candidates who speak out of both sides of their mouths, who say they’re for families, and then underfund schools year after year? They’ll drag us backwards if we let them,” McElveen said in a videoposted on social media.

During his two terms on the Fairfax County School Board, McElveen has led the school system to overcome years of underfunding by the Board of Supervisors. Along with his colleagues, McElveen worked to pass budgets that invest in our schools and workforce, initiate policies that strengthen civil rights, and adopt strategic plans that ensure that everyone benefits from the innovation and opportunities in Fairfax County.

The school system’s FY2019 budget was the first since FY1995 to be fully-funded, marking almost a quarter-century of underfunding county schools. This underfunding has had important consequences for the Fairfax County community, causing schools to fall behind on key achievement metrics and the loss of many of the county’s best educators to neighboring jurisdictions.

“Public schools are the innovation engine of our local economy and the cornerstone of our democracy. As Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, I’ll stand up for public education, because every child deserves an opportunity to succeed.” McElveen said.

This year, Fairfax County Public Schools stands to gain $36.4 million in FY2020 from the budget proposed by Governor Ralph Northam. McElveen believes that this additional funding is critical to ensure that the School Board completes its multi-year effort to make educator salaries competitive and keep Fairfax County schools the best in the nation.

Looking to the future, as part of the FY2020 budget process McElveen will partner with his School Board colleague Ilryong Moon to propose a study examining the strategies for recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers and the impact of providing above-market salary levels to teachers.

More information about McElveen’s campaign is available at www.McElveenForChairman.com.

From Fairfax County School Board (Providence District) candidate Karl Frisch:

Thrilled to be with Fairfax Education Association supporting Virginia Education Association Lobby Day and the Rally in Richmond! Great turnout from Fairfax County educators and allies! Was able to hand out water and snacks before a long day of lobbying leading up to the rally. #FundOurFuture #Red4Ed

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From Maggie Hansford for Brentsville (PW County) District Supervisor:

I had a wonderful day in Richmond advocating for education funding. We met with public education-friendly Virginia Delegates and Senators to thank them for supporting the Governor’s budget. Our Secretary of Education, a teacher himself, marched with parents and teachers to the steps of the capitol. The crowd was full of parents and educators excited about increased education funding. The sun was out and the energy was high. Richmond heard from thousands of us and now we hope they will act. When our community has strong schools, our kids are taught in classrooms rather than trailers, our teachers live where they work, our kids who see their school from their house can safely walk to school, and our community attracts more businesses. Funding education will fund our community’s future.

I am excited to bring this message of change to our county board. I value our schools and will show it by adequately funding education.

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”

– Joe Biden

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From Karen Mallard (Dem candidate for House of Delegates in the 84th district)

Proud to attend another VEA Lobby Day to stand up and speak out in support of public education and thrilled about the turnout for the #Red4EdRally in support of Virginia’s public schools.

It was inspirational to see a sea of red
around the Capitol steps. Thousands of educators from all across Virginia united to urge legislators to #FundOurFuture

If we can’t change their minds, then we’ll change their seats. We will #RememberInNovember.

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Democratic House of Delegates candidate (HD40) Dan Helmer