This statewide study on Education Equity seeks information that will lead to a LWV-VA position and recommendations regarding the funding of schools in Virginia. It seeks:
- to articulate quantitatively and qualitatively a definition of a high-quality education
- to determine the cost of providing that defined high-quality of education to all students in the Commonwealth’s school divisions. Does the state provide local school divisions sufficient funds to ensure that “educational programs of high quality” are available to all students? Local capacity to fund schools differs vastly. How are state funds apportioned to compensate for vast differences in local capacity?
- to document how Virginia’s capacity and effort to provide high-quality education compare to other states’ funding for K-12 education. This will also include studying how other states fund school construction and modernization.
The Executive Summary of the study is attached at the bottom of this page. To see the full study, click on https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d7eLxJ4bCYNf16jZGLrAbyhcvznTr2Fy/view?usp=sharing
This statewide study has been led by the leagues in Montgomery and Washington counties. Several members of our Montgomery County League took a lead in the study. Larkin Dudley and Margaret Christle headed two of the study’s three subcommittees. Wayne “Dempsey” Worner, who authored our League study of school funding in Montgomery County, played a leadership role. Former League President Beth Obenshain and LWV-Washington County League President Merry Jennings were co-chairs of the study. Other active LWV-Montgomery County study members include Gunin Kiran, Connie Froggatt, Ann Fisher and Charity Boyette.