Petition to Virginia House of Delegates and Senators

Support Education Choice in Virginia

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.

Signed