Kids call them a “hot mess.” Underfunded school boards call them “portable classrooms.”
Fairfax and Loudoun County kids study in more than 900 trailers. The trailers are crowded, noisy, and distracting – not good for academic success. The counties can’t claw back enough money from Richmond to build real classrooms.
Getting money from Richmond is the job of local delegates like Jim LeMunyon (R-VA67). They say education is a top priority, but they won’t solve this basic problem – funding for classrooms.
Instead, they have actually supported efforts to divert money from public schools into private schools. It’s a Betsy DeVos thing, spending precious time on private schools over public education. Right-wing ideology trumping real local needs.
Northern Virginia is the Commonwealth’s economic engine. But tax money from Northern Virginia is redistributed to other regions, while Richmond does not return enough to meet education needs in Fairfax and Loudoun.
LeMunyon apparently don’t have enough political clout in Richmond to properly fund public schools in Northern Virginia. Or maybe he cares more about the ideology behind those charter schools. (Do we really need to amend the Virginia constitution just for charter schools?)
Jim LeMunyon has earned an F grade from Virginia teachers every year since 2014.
Every single year.
Ask the teachers if they like those trailers.
And make a mental note.