New Advocacy Group To Call for More Education Funding

Posted: August 6, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“The Alliance for Virginia’s Students,” a new nonpartisan organization created to generate greater public support for more education spending, will hold a press conference today at 10 a.m. at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.

At the event, the group will formally announce its formation and unveil plans to ask all state candidates who are running for election or reelection this fall to sign a pledge to work toward funding of essential public education and college needs. A total of 140 House of Representatives and Senate seats are up for election this fall in Virginia.

“We’re not making a case for higher taxes,” says Jean Bankos, president of the Virginia Education Association (VEA). “We’re making a case for more education dollars. We’re going to lay out the needs and try to elevate the debate.”

VEA is one of several founding organizations of the Alliance for Virginia’s Students. Others include the Virginia School Boards Association, Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Virginia Professors of Educational Leadership, Virginia Association of School Superintendents, and Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals.

The alliance marks the first time that Virginians from all levels of education have come together for a common purpose.

Among the speakers at today’s press conference will be William Bosher, dean of the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University; Michael Anzilotti, president and CEO of First Virginia Bank; and Oliver Bennett, president of the Virginia Association of Counties.

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