With the Virginia General Assembly at "crossover"…when the
House and Senate exchange bills…educational questions focus primarily around
the accountability system…SOL's…and money.
The CEPI/Wilder School/VCU statewide
education poll has for eleven years asked Virginians if they thought that
schools had enough resources. Each year more than two thirds said "no".
asked about government priorities, they place K12 at the top and prisons at the
bottom…mental health and aid to low income families also fall above 60%.
tough question for those who said that they would pay higher taxes is "which
tax would you pay"? Each year the plurality is the same…sales tax. While a
sales tax has regressive characteristics…it has the greatest impact upon those
who can least afford it…the benefit seems to help those who need it the
most. Eliminating it from food and drugs
can mitigate the regressive impact of a sales tax.
The next choice for funding
schools is income tax. The irony is that both of these are controlled by the
state. Real and personal property, both local taxing structures, come near the
bottom of the list.
With 70% of the homes without school-age children, the
annual CEPI Poll confirms Virginians are proud of both their public and private
options. They like neighborhood schools; they just don't like neighborhood