“The kids are getting short changed because every time money is cut and it is cut every year, it has to increase class sizes, and it reduces programs and electives the kids can take, and it`s the kids that are the ones getting short changed,” says Ternance Riggs.
As the president of the Virginia Beach Education Association, Trenace Riggs says she wants the absolute best for Virginia Beach's children.
But she says a constant decrease in funding from the state is hitting schools and students hard.
“It’s time to put Virginia`s kids first,” she says.
That's why she asked the Virginia Beach School Board to back her plan to go to Richmond on April 18th for the "Put Kids First" rally to bring awareness to funding shortfalls. Through a unanimous vote Tuesday evening, the school board has agreed to support them.
“Our costs have gone up and they're bringing people together to try and make the case and doing it in Richmond where the message needs to be delivered,” says Daniel Edwards.
“We are going to shake the ground in Richmond and make sure that the leaders at our state government hear us hear what we are trying to do and make it a priority to put our kids first.
The “Put Kids First” rally will be held at the Capitol Square Bell Tower in Richmond. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend.