Delegate C. Matt Fariss

Delegate C. Matt Fariss

Since the Great Recession, the General Assembly has increased funding for public education by nearly $4 billion. 

We provided funding for a five percent teacher pay raise in 2019, the fourth teacher pay raise in six years. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best teachers for our students.

Virginia does spend less per pupil than some states, but our graduation rate is nearly 95 percent, our standardized test scores are above the national average, our college admissions rates are some of the best in the country, and CNBC ranked Virginia’s education system the best in the country in 2019.

We have taken major steps to address the teacher shortage, expanding provisional licensing rules, and making it easier for veterans and military spouses to become teachers.

Find out what steps were taken in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Pick up a copy or subscribe at to view the full article in the e-edition version.