From the Democratic Party of Virginia:
ICYMI: Del. Sally Hudson, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, and Montgomery County Supervisor Mary Biggs Hold Press Conference on Republican Threats to Defund Public Schools
Richmond, VA — Yesterday Del. Sally Hudson, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, and Montgomery County Supervisor Mary Biggs held a press conference on the Virginia Republicans’ threats to defund public schools, highlighting the Republican efforts to divert funding away from public schools and the devastating impacts these efforts would have on public schools across the Commonwealth.
“Since the inauguration, the Governor’s actions speak a whole lot louder than his words,” said Del. Sally Hudson. “While he’s undermining our educators, he is also ignoring the long-standing problems in our school buildings. More than half of Virginia’s Schools are more than 50 years old, and nearly half of them are at capacity or overcrowded.”
“Attempting to use his executive power to overturn state law and usurp power from local school boards is a dangerous and damaging degradation to the very foundation of our democracy,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. “This administration would rather bend the rule of law to appease the far-right than to listen to the strong majority of Virginians – including parents – who believe that we should continue to use masks to protect our children in schools.”
“To think that our school system, along with many others, could stand to lose state funding because of their school board’s decision to keep masking in place in order to keep their employees and students safe is inconceivable to me,” said Montgomery County Supervisors Mary Biggs. “In Montgomery County, about one-half of our school system’s budget comes from the state. Taking away any of this state funding would be devastating to our school system, as it would be to other school systems across the state.”