For months, for months, we’ve seen chaos seep into our schools, escalating into violence. Violence in our schools that lack security. A new instance each week until the unthinkable happened: Virginia – and America – awoke to the news that a young teenage girl had been sexually assaulted in her Loudoun County school – and worse, the school administrators covered it up, and Loudoun’s commonwealth attorney targeted the victim’s family.
Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin will make a “major announcement” Tuesday night at the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Youngkin will highlight the failure of Virginia’s school system and offer his vision to make our schools worthy of our children. Register now (at no cost) to attend this big event!
Virginia ended Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 with a record-breaking budget surplus of $2.6 billion. (Virginia’s budget year, or fiscal year, is from July 1 to June 30.) Virginia Governor Ralph Northam stated that the surplus was due to Virginia’s great business climate, pointing out that CNBC ranked Virginia as the #1 state for being business friendly. Not everyone agrees with CNBC. The Virginia Industry Foundation last November ranked Virginia as #11.
Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts joined WMAL’s O’Connor & Company this week, to discuss plummeting standardized test results in the county’s government-run schools. “It’s absolutely terrible,” Knotts said on Monday’s program.
New data from the Virginia Department of Education revealed significant learning losses in reading, math and science among students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools.
Political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin announced today the launch of “Educators for Youngkin,” a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and community members across Virginia that are committed to restoring excellence in education. Glenn Youngkin and the Educators for Youngkin Coalition will work to fix standards and underperformance in all Virginia schools.
According to a new poll from Echelon Insights, polling more than 1,100 registered voters, a majority of voters are supportive of school choice (65% vs. 19% opposed) while 16% are unsure. This is true across party lines, with 75% of Republicans, 60% of Independents, and 61% of Democrats saying they strongly or somewhat support school choice.
Parents and families have been on a rollercoaster when it comes to K-12 education in the time of COVID-19. A new poll from Real Clear Opinion Research finds overall support for school choice is increasing as parents need more options than ever.
71% of voters back school choice. This is the highest level of support ever recorded from major AFC national polling with a sample size above 800 voters.
After 2020, Americans are coming to terms with the fact that the United States is splitting into two different countries culturally and politically. The red-blue divide is a divide between free states and counties and increasingly repressive and authoritarian blue states and counties.
The freedom divide is particularly clear in the area of education. Republican states and counties have been more likely to open up their schools with safety measures
Citing the “systemic failure” of the status quo, Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts today demanded that county schools immediately reopen on a full-time, in-person schedule. “The results are in,” Knotts said. “We have seen troubling learning losses and severely detrimental effects on the mental health of students in Fairfax County. Our schools need to reopen — five days a week, for all students — without any further delay”
Many years ago, schools in my home state of California used to celebrate two of our greatest presidents’ birthdays, February 12 for Abraham Lincoln and February 22 for George Washington, as holidays. Children would learn stories about how a poor boy who grew up in a log cabin became the president who held our nation together against all odds, and about a surveyor, soldier, planter who risked everything to bring our great nation into being.