ERIC Number: ED468521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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State Government Finances for Public Education: The Case of Virginia.
Verstegen, Deborah A.
Public education in Virginia during fiscal year 2002 is characterized by fiscal crisis, reductions in funds, and no new salary increases for state employees including teachers and university faculty. The current context of recession and budget deficits, together with tax reductions imposed by the previous gubernatorial administration and current balkanization of public government funding, bodes ill for the future of public education in the Commonwealth. This paper discusses these issues together with the gubernatorial elections, state revenue projections, and the state budget for 2002-04. The dismal 2002-04 education budget reflects, in part, the state's budget crisis, though dividends for the schools were meager during the 1990s economic boom. A more plausible explanation for the lack of long-term education support in Virginia is the state's low priority for schools and universities, regardless of party control, with continuing tax balkanization for public services portending reduced funding and services for government activities together with increased disparities between communities, well into the future. (Contains 15 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia