Chairman Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Sharon Bulova

Funding of K-12 Education in Fairfax County

Within the next fiscal year, Fairfax County Public Schools could experience a $100 million dollar deficit. Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has encouraged the Fairfax County Public Schools to work in partnership with the county to find solutions to these funding challenges.  Chairman Bulova, recently wrote to Governor Terry McAulliffe laying out numerous facts that best explain the funding formula and the difficulties faced by Fairfax County.

To the Governor: 
"On behalf of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, I am writing to you about an issue of critical importance - the funding of K-12 education in Virginia.

 ......As you know, during the recent national recession, state funding for K-12 declined significantly. A national report indicates that few state governments cut more funds to localities and school districts than did Virginia - though the Commonwealth's budget shortfall was the 20th largest in the nation, the state funding cut to localities was third highest among states. In fact, since FY 2009, structural budget cuts to K-12 have cost localities more than $1.7 billion per biennium statewide. State K-12 funding in FY 2016 remains below the FY 2009 level. Such cuts have required local governments to fill funding gaps with local revenues in order to maintain our quality public school system. A state that is in the top ten in income should not be in the bottom ten for state education funding, but that is where Virginia finds itself at present, and it is essential that we all work together to reverse this trend."
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