By Brent Solomon | January 8, 2020 at 11:55 PM EST - Updated January 9 at 7:15 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT)

 

People who passed under the Bryan Park Interchange at I-95 Wednesday noticed a serious message taking over the bridge. Education advocates lit up signs to encourage lawmakers to pour out more money for Virginia schools. It comes as some Richmond students say their schools could surely use it. It happened on the first day of the General Assembly. Students and teachers are working to get the attention of those who can do something about it.

People driving on I-95 honk their horns in support of what they see. The message 'fund our schools' was brought to light by the group Virginia Educators United.

"We want to get people’s attention. We want fully funded schools in Virginia,” a representative said while braving the cold.

They’re not the only ones concerned.

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January 2, 2020 at 6:00 AM EST - Updated January 2 at 6:00 AM

 

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) 

 

Teacher Rally Educators from across the Commonwealth plan to rally ahead of the state budget hearings. They are planning to make their voices heard this Thursday starting at 10 a.m. at multiple different public hearings over the state budget, across different regions of the Commonwealth.

 

Governor Ralph Northam proposed $1.2 billion for education. Opponents say it’s not nearly enough to put teacher pay on track with the national average, calling it “woefully short” for educators and students.

By Enzo Domingo | January 2, 2020 at 10:30 AM EST - Updated January 2 at 6:10 PM

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT)

 

Some educators had choice words for the general assembly members at Thursday’s State Budget hearing in at Reynolds Community College.

 

“Whenever I drive by the construction site of the new general assembly building, I am reminded of the thousands of students and educators across Virginia who are still waiting for our state to invest in us," said Keri Treadway to the Assembly members.

She was one of the dozens expressing why Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed $1.2 billion education dollars wouldn’t cut it.

Jim Livingston with the Virginia Education Association says the total “simply does nothing but account for current practices and inflation. In other words, those are not new dollars going to k-12 education.”  MORE HERE...

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)

 

Some educators are frustrated with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's proposed $1.2 billion education budget and said the funding just will not cut it. On Thursday, hundreds of teachers and education advocates gathered at budget hearings across Virginia to voice their concerns.

 

Kathy Beery, a local member of Virginia Educators United, was among those teachers in Richmond. She calls the budget a "slap in the face." "It's not new money. It's just adjusting to the number of kids we have, and we'd do that anyway," Beery said. "The new money he's proposing is not early enough." MORE HERE...