RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An unlikely duo has teamed up to push a plan for education that could change the way school facility upgrades are paid for.
Paul Goldman is the former chair of the Democratic Party. Republican George Allen is a former governor and senator. Today the two put politics aside to team up for an initiative they say could pay huge dividends for Virginia schools.
The duo penned an op-ed in this morning's New York Times that argues that school renovations would surge if congress changed a section of the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit. If the change is made, Goldman and Allen believe private companies would be willing to buy aging facilities, upgrade them and then lease them back to school districts. It is a win-win for the companies and the schools.
"It is a solution that will not require the federal government to tax spend, bail out or borrow a single nickel," said Senator George Allen.
"The school children in the city that will benefit the most is here in the capital city because we have the oldest school system in terms of facility," said Paul Goldman.
Allen and Goldman said that there is already an example of this success in Richmond at the Maggie Walker School and they claim they already have investors ready to go to work. And the bi-partisan support for the plan is not reserved to just Goldman and Allen. Today both candidates for governor, Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds expressed support for the concept.