Early on Wednesday morning, Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) took the podium to address supporters in Chantilly, Virginia. From the start, to many Virginians, Youngkin represented a powerful grassroots candidate, who inspired voters throughout the commonwealth of all demographics. As the race progressed, education particularly turned out to be an important issue. And, for a significant part of the electorate, the most important issue.
There is no time to waste. Our kids can’t wait. We work in real people time, not government time. So on day one, we are going to work. We’re going to restore excellence in our schools. We will invest the largest education budget in the history of the commonwealth. We’re going to invest in teachers, new facilities, special education. We are going to introduce choice within our public school system. How about that? Choice within the public school system. We’re going to start with charter schools and going to make a down payment and close the gap on giving parents an opportunity to select where their kids go to school. Friends, we are going to embrace our parents, not ignore them.
We’re going to press forward with a curriculum that includes listening to parents’ input. A curriculum that allows our children to run as fast as they can. Teaching them how to think, enabling their dreams to soar. Friends, we are going to reestablish excellence in our schools. We are fighting for parents and students and teachers in our schools.