The General Assembly budget conferees are working to reconcile the considerable differences between the House and Senate proposed education budgets. The Senate has appropriated $100 million to K-12 education, though it has not specifically proposed an increase in the per pupil amount for each Governor’s School student, currently at $4327.
Any increase in education funding will, in all likelihood, go to the general K-12 pool, not to Governor’s Schools (which are a separate line item in the budget). You can help ensure Maggie Walker receives a portion of any increase in education funding.
Please contact the members of the conference committee (listed below) TODAY, and request they approve Senate’s proposed increased in K-12 spending and, to ensure Gov Schools get some of the additional funding, that the PPA be restored to its previous level, $4479. There are 6,251 Gov School students in VA. Restoring the PPA to its previous level would cost Virginia only $950,152. Click here to view a copy of a letter. For more information visit the Friends of Virginia's Governor's School website www.fovgs.org.
The legislators named to the Committee of Conference are:
Lacey E. Putney – Beford - DelLPutney@house.virginia.gov
M. Kirkland Cox – Colonial Heights - DelKCox@house.virginia.gov
S. Chris Jones – Suffolk - DelCJones@house.virginia.gov
Beverly J. Sherwood – Frederick - DelBSherwood@house.virginia.gov
Steven Landes – Augusta - DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov
Johnny S. Joannou – Portsmouth – no email, Phone: (804) 698-1079 Fax: (804) 698-6779
If the email links don’t work, you may find the delegates’ emails at: http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/MWebsiteTL?OpenView
Charles J. Colgan – Prince William - firstname.lastname@example.org
William C. Wampler – Bristol - email@example.com
R. Edward Houck – Spotsylvania - firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard L. Saslaw – Fairfax - email@example.com
Walter A. Stocsh – Henrico - firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet D. Howell – Fairfax - email@example.com
If the email links don’t work, you may find the senators’ emails at: http://sov.state.va.us/SenatorDB.nsf/$$Viewtemplate+for+WMembershipHome?OpenForm
Many thanks for supporting this effort.