Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Delegate Keam's School Funding Budget Amendment Approved by Committee


MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 7, 2011

Delegate Mark Keam's School Funding Budget Amendment Accepted by House Appropriations Committee

RICHMOND, VA — Last month, Delegate Mark Keam offered a budget amendment in the Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee to increase the funding for Commonwealth Governor's School enrollment by 50.  Yesterday, on a rare Sunday session of the General Assembly, the House Appropriations Committee voted out a budget bill that includes Delegate Keam's amendment.

The amendment would directly benefit Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology because the current gap in state funding leaves about 200 students at Thomas Jefferson who are unable to receive the full scope of educational benefits they deserve.  Under current state law, Fairfax County Public Schools receive yearly supplemental funding from the state to educate students, up to 1,600, who attend a Governor's School.  Thomas Jefferson is the only Governor's School in Fairfax County and the only one in the Commonwealth with more than 1,600 students.

By increasing the student enrollment cap for 50 additional students, Keam's amendment would help the school pay for the best quality education possible for more students than they are able to today.

"I am very pleased that the House Appropriations Committee accepted my amendment to provide additional support for some of the brightest students in Fairfax County," said Keam.  "I have been to Thomas Jefferson many times and have met students and teachers there, as well as numerous parents in my district who support their children with so much of their own resources.  These students deserve the best support the state can provide so that they will continue to make TJ the best high school in the nation, year after year."

The House budget bill will be considered by the full House of Delegates later this week.

Delegate Mark Keam (www.www.markkeam.com, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia's 35th House district, located in Fairfax County.  The District includes the Town of Vienna and portions of Tysons, Dunn Loring, Wolf Trap, Oakton and Fair Oaks.  Currently serving his first term in office, Keam sits on the House Finance and House Militia, Police and Public Safety committees.

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