The Virginia Education Opportunity Alliance (VEOA) mission is to create a statewide grassroots coalition to advance parental rights and education opportunities.
Our vision is to improve transparency within the public-schools so that parents have the information they need to make fully informed decisions about their child’s education and offer innovative solutions that empower them to pursue educational options that are best suited to their child’s individual learning styles.
January 2024 House Subcommittee Hearing Testimony for Education Savings Accounts
The Virginia Code §1-240.1 recognizes every Virginia parent’s fundamental right “to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child;”
After the public school shutdown, it became apparent that the public schools in VA were struggling to provide a quality education for K-12 students. The 2022 National Assessment of Education Progress report revealed that Virginia’s 4th-grade and 8th-grade math scores were the lowest reported since 2000, and the average 4th-grade and 8th-grade reading scores were the lowest since 1994 and 1998, respectively.
Additionally, 64% of Virginia local school district parents surveyed say that nationwide K-12 education is generally going in the wrong direction, and 77% of school parents support the enactment of an Education Success Account or similar legislation to allow parents to choose the education that best fits their child.
I strongly encourage you to pass Education Choice legislation, such as Education Success Accounts, which will provide financial assistance to parents who wish to transfer their children from a failing public school to a private school or homeschool, as permitted under current law.