February 24, 2022 News & Press Releases

Senate Democrats Successfully Block Republican Attempts to Defund Local Schools

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Richmond, VA — Today, Senate Democrats prevented Virginia Republicans from siphoning millions of dollars of funding away from Virginia's local schools – killing the final piece of charter school legislation this session.

By voting down this charter school legislation, Senate Democrats sent a clear message that they’re defending Republican attacks against public schools and that the Youngkin anti-education agenda has no place in the commonwealth. 

Senate Democrats have reaffirmed their commitment to education time and time again this year—protecting funding for desperately-needed 5% teacher pay raises and including a one-time bonus for our educators. The elimination of these attempts to siphon money away from our local schools is just the newest example in a long list of ways that Democrats are showing their commitment to providing every student in Virginia with a world-class education.

“Senate Democrats just successfully killed the final piece of charter school legislation of this session – another incredible example of the Democratic Party continuing to stand up as the party of education,” said DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker. “Governor Youngkin has made it clear through his numerous attacks on Virginia’s local schools that he wants to be the Anti-Education Governor, but Virginia Democrats are forcefully pushing back and standing up for Virginia’s students.”