Jackson backs Cuccinelli’s education plan

E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, today touted his support for  his running mate Ken Cuccinelli’s education initiative. “Ken Cuccinelli’s K-12 education plan is a much needed game changer in empowering parents with the means to ensure their children have the opportunity to receive a world-class education,” Jackson said in a statement released by his campaign.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate unveiled his K-12 plan Friday, proposing to expand online learning, legalize public funding of religious schools, empower parents to close, reform or convert a struggling school into a charter school, and revamp the Standards of Learning.

“Parental choice has always been the centerpiece of my campaign’s educational platform,” Jackson said. “There are areas of our state where the public school systems are failing. Currently, only some Virginians have the means to move their children out of these failing schools. But what becomes of those who can’t afford to send their kids to private school? Parental choice allows every family to make the educational decisions that best meet their needs,” he said.

Jackson had previously proposed a constitutional amendment supporting equal resources for homeschoolers.

“Jackson obviously found plenty to like in a Cuccinelli plan that is based predominantly on spending taxpayer money on private schools instead of using it to make sure all Virginians have access to a world class education in a public school,” Brian Coy, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Virginia, said. “Cuccinelli and Jackson’s shared vision for education may work for their tea party backers, but it would be a disaster for Virginia’s students, teachers and economy,” Coy said.