Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rainy Day

The Virginia Association of School Superintendents will hold a press conference today urging the General Assembly to use $500 million from the state's "Rainy Day Fund" for K-12 education as Governor Tim Kaine has proposed. Even if that money is used, Virginia schools are facing about $400 million in cuts in state aid. With 80% of most school budgets being related to personnel, VASS contends larger funding cuts will mean teacher pay cuts and/or layoffs directly impacting instruction of students.
It is not just raining, it is pouring. These were the times for which the Rainy Day Fund was created. Use it prudently, but use it!

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