Statements about Education

Del. Ben Chafin "took money away" from Southwest Virginia schools while voting to build a "politician's palace."

"Right now, America has $1.1 trillion of student debt. That’s more than credit card debt."

"We expanded charter" schools.

Terry McAuliffe "wants to raise your taxes $1,700 to pay for his infinite promises."

Ken Cuccinelli would "take money away from public schools to fund private schools."

Under Cuccinelli’s tax cut plan, "school divisions across Virginia could be forced to fire over 8,000 teachers."  

"In our community college system (state) cuts have reduced funding per student by $1,908."

Says 70,000 children "have lost their Head Start slots" because of the sequester.

 "Of our 98,000 teachers who are K-12, over 53,000 of those teachers today are over 50 years old."

"Collectively states are spending more on Medicaid than they do on K-12 education."

"The brutal fact is, when it comes to education, America is slipping" behind other nations.

Virginia "spends less per student today than we did in 2008."  

 "The average kid comes out of Virginia colleges with about $25,000-plus in debt."

George Allen "voted to end Pell Grants for 84,000 students."

"Before I was governor, tuition was skyrocketing and we stopped that. We capped and then we froze college tuition."

Says when he was governor, "we expanded participation in Virginia in early childhood programs by nearly 40 percent."

Tim Kaine "reduced higher education funding by 25 percent when he was governor, driving up tuition..."

Says Gov. Bob McDonnell's budget would cut pre-kindergarten programs. 

Public education has been permanently cut "by $1.6 billion through changes in the Standards of Quality funding formula."

Gov. McDonnell's proposed budget "is cutting" public education. 

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