Small, rural school divisions across Virginia continue to face declining student enrollments, difficulty competing for high-quality teachers, inadequate facility and capital projects funding and pressure from unfunded mandates at both state and federal levels, placing them at a significant financial disadvantage with larger and more affluent school divisions.
Areas of Focus
- Teacher Recruitment and Retention
- Enrollment Loss
- School Construction Funding
- The Small n
- Increasing At-Risk Add-ons
Members of the Coalition spoke to the Education Sub-committee of House Appropriations about the unique funding needs of small and rural school divisions.
Leaders of the Coalition recently met with Secretary Qarni to discuss budget priorities with him and other members of the Governor’s staff.