Senate Democrats Respond to Governor Youngkin’s Educational ‘Excellence’

May 19, 2022

Today, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced a report from his Department of Education outlining his plans for Virginia’s schools.

Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said: “To accuse Virginia’s education system of failure is an outright lie, supported by cherry-picked data and warped perspective. The Commonwealth’s schools have been ranked fourth in the nation by Forbes Magazine–hardly a liberal publication–and the best high school in the nation according to US News & World Report is right here in Fairfax County. Governor Youngkin is either unwilling or unable to recognize that Democratic leadership accomplished more for Virginia’s schools than Republican administrations, and Senate Democrats are furthering that objective by providing more pay for educators, dedicating funding to school construction, and much more in the proposed Senate budget.”

Caucus Chair Mamie Locke said: “The report released by Governor Youngkin today is a joke designed to undermine and criticize the Board of Education, public school administrators, and teachers–ignoring the hard work they have done, even in the midst of a pandemic. These proposals–if you can call dog-whistle talking points as such–prove the Youngkin Administration’s incompetence in developing real-world policy. His priority is supposed to be–but obviously not actually is–education. Senate Democrats will not stand for such tomfoolery, and are dedicated to actual solutions and real-life impacts instead of platitudes and promises based on lies.”

Chair of the Education & Health Committee Louise Lucas said: “We all know Governor Youngkin’s end goal–to erase Black history and any mention of equity from Virginia’s curricula. This misguided effort based on fake news and debunked theories is an outright attack from the far right, riling up racist constituencies with lies and deceit. This report shows once again that Governor Youngkin wants to take us back to the days of Jim Crow–and I would know, having lived through it. His backwards thinking will throw Virginia’s progress in reverse, harming the next generation and hindering the Commonwealth’s future.”