VEA: Governor’s budget is deceiving, won’t benefit classrooms

Posted at 7:38 PM, Mar 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-20 19:38:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) --Education spending is at the core of a budget impasse on Capitol Square, where state lawmakers are trying to figure out how much money should go to K-12.

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) says the nearly $500 million Governor McDonnell has proposed is deceiving- because a good chunk of that money will go to teachers’ pensions, not classrooms, and the remainder will not even boost Virginia above funding levels from 2007.

Education Secretary Laura Fornash tells CBS 6 the VEA is taking a snapshot of recent spending, and not taking into consideration the hefty investment Virginia has made over the last decade.

CBS 6 takes a look at the numbers, and both arguments, just click on the video.