McAuliffe Attacks Common Sense Education Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel for the American Federation for Children, issued the following statement in response to a campaign email to supporters from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, attacking his opponent, Ken Cuccinelli for his support for publicly-funded private school choice.

The full email is below, following the statement.

“Terry McAuliffe is dead wrong – Virginia’s children deserve and need quality educational choices, not empty political rhetoric. Partisan attacks on educational choice, including the state’s tax credit scholarship program, only serve to prevent children from low-income families from receiving the best education for their needs. By defending the status quo, Terry McAuliffe is not only limiting choice to only the wealthy and politically connected.  He’s also defending the dropout rate for Virginia black students, which is 5 percent higher than white students, and the fact that more than 13.5 percent of Hispanic students do not graduate from high school. The system is failing these students and, rather than bend to the will of union bosses, Terry McAuliffe should join the growing number of Democrats who recognize the importance and powerful impact of educational choice.”

The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.

Kevin P. Chavous is a noted attorney, author, and national school reform leader.  A former member of the Council of the District of Columbia and a former chairman of D.C.’s Education Committee, Chavous was responsible for enacting numerous education reforms in D.C. Chavous also presides as board chair for Democrats for Education Reform and is a former chair and board member for the Black Alliance for Educational Options.



Terry says it all the time — the question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it’s whether we can afford not to.

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Robby Mook
Campaign Manager
McAuliffe for Governor