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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin made a significant move to bolster the state’s school choice efforts, releasing a statement on Wednesday that he sent “thirty-eight budget amendments” to two budget bills, which included “expanding opportunities for education.” 

“We’re … restoring educational freedom by protecting the education scholarship tax credits which expand parental choice.”

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The amendment removers the reduction in the cap on the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit [EISTC].

The Virginia EISTC program provides support for low- and middle-income families. The program provides families at risk with more options to send their children to school using private scholarships from Scholarship Foundations.

Donors took credit against Virginia taxes equivalent to 65% of donations. They also took a deduction against their net income as a charitable donation on both their federal and state income taxes.

The maximum amount eligible for tax credit in the taxable year is limited to $ 125,000. The maximum tax credits available per year is $ 25 million.

The Virginia General Assembly will consider Youngkin’s amendments when it reconvenes on Friday.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin spoke to members of the media after the cabinet swearing-in ceremony on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Virginia Executive Mansion in Richmond, USA.  Youngkin, former co-CEO of Carlyle Group Inc., is the first Republican to be elected to office since 2009.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin spoke to members of the media after the cabinet swearing-in ceremony on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Virginia Executive Mansion in Richmond, USA. Youngkin, former co-CEO of Carlyle Group Inc., is the first Republican to be elected to office since 2009.
(Photographer: Al Drago / Bloomberg by Getty Images)

Youngkin won the school selection in January, saying he would sign “the largest education budget in Virginia history.”

“Our goal is for every student to graduate from high school ready to go to college or start a great career. Selection and innovation in public education are vital to achieving that goal. We must empower parents and students with choice and innovation in K-12. Public education,” Youngkin said. Said in a statement on the website.

The governor also pushed back against the complex racial doctrine and mask directives taught in schools. Immediately after being elected, Youngkin signed into a bill that would allow parents to suspend school mask orders.

The Times reports that private schools have been hit with a ‘seismic’ blow in the wake of the epidemic

Amid growing tensions between parents and board members, education has become a major issue at local and state races across the country. Loudown County and other parts of Virginia have become hotspots with parental backlash against school board members.

At a Loudown County school board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia in May, Tristan Thorgerson placed positive signs for Youngkin as people gathered to protest various issues, including the board's handling of sexual harassment in the school bathroom, vaccination directives and critical race theory.

At a Loudown County school board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia in May, Tristan Thorgerson placed positive signals for Youngkin as people gathered to protest various issues, including the board’s handling of sexual harassment in the school bathroom, vaccination directives and critical race theory.
(REUTERS / Leah Millis / File Photo)

Parents’ rights over their children’s education are a topic on the governor’s forum, especially in Virginia.

Many attributed the success of newly elected Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to the success of parents in allowing their children to wear masks and campaigning against a complex racist ideology.

Furthermore, school selection became an important issue after COVID-19-inspired lockdowns led to a conversation about government jurisdiction and the type of content that should be taught to children from public school curricula.

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Many private schools are open, but public school systems across the country have been shutting down individual learning for semesters, years, and remote learning has lifted the screen on what public school children are actually learning – and not learning.

Private schools across the country have reported an increase in enrollment over the past two years, while public school enrollment has declined nationally.

According to the US Department of Education, between the fall of 2019 and the fall of 2020, total public school enrollment fell 3% nationwide, wiping out a decade of steady growth.

Meanwhile, total enrollment in independent private schools achieved a net growth of 1.7% between 2020 and 2022, the NPR reported in December.

Fox News Jessica Chasmer contributed to this report.