Speaker Gilbert: ‘Today’s test results are just as disappointing as they were predictable.’


Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, issued the following statement regarding today’s release of test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress: “Today’s test results are just as disappointing as they were predictable. Failure is a choice, and past Democratic leaders chose to fail our students by prolonged school closures and lowering academic standards. Look no further than to states that … Read More

Virginia, West Virginia Leaders to Collaborate on Joint State Efforts for Next Generation Energy Policy


Virginia and West Virginia

RICHMOND – The next generation of energy in Virginia and West Virginia is nuclear. Virginia Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County and West Virginia Speaker Roger Hanshaw announced today they would be working jointly to bring advanced nuclear-powered energy sources and cutting-edge innovation to their respective states. Ensuring that Virginia and West Virginia become national leaders in the next wave of … Read More

Statement of Speaker Gilbert on Release of This Year’s Standards of Learning Results


House Speaker Todd Gilbert, issued the following statement: “The closure of our schools and subsequent remote learning will be remembered as one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the Commonwealth’s educational system. Teachers and students did their best to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, but without full-time, in-person learning, most of the students never had a … Read More

House Appropriations Committee Releases Common-Sense, Conservative Budget

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The House Appropriations Committee voted today to send House Bills 29 and 30 — the biennial budget bills — to the floor for approval. In addition to setting aside the most money for K-12 education in Virginia history, the budget contains $5.3 billion in tax relief for Virginia families, and raises Virginia’s “Rainy Day” Fund to a historic level in … Read More

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert Statement on Glenn Youngkin Education Announcement


House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “I agree wholeheartedly with the package of reforms announced tonight by Glenn Youngkin. House Democrats made children less safe in school when they ended mandatory reporting of crimes like sexual battery and they’ve made it clear that school resource officers should no longer be a part of the school security equation. … Read More

Two Minutes: House Democrats Kill Every Outside Suggestion for $4 Billion Bill With Virtually No Debate

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Given no opportunity to participate in a public budgeting process, House Republicans today introduced a floor amendment in the nature of a substitute to HB7001, the Democratic plan to spend more than $4 billion in Federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Democrats killed the bill two minutes after it was introduced on the floor. House Republican Leader … Read More

Northam: Teachers Who Don’t Push Critical Race Theory are ‘Inadequate’

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On the same day that Terry McAuliffe said that the appearance of critical race theory in Virginia schools was a “conspiracy theory” and “totally made up,” Ralph Northam took the opportunity to attack teachers who object to teaching students that they’re either oppressed or oppressors simply based on the color of their skin, and that America is racist beyond redemption. … Read More

Statement of House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert on OSIG Investigation Report

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Parol Board HQ

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “House Democrats needed a way to discredit the plethora of damning Office of State Inspector General reports into the Parole Board, but they couldn’t risk turning over too many stones to do it. That’s why today’s report doesn’t reflect a critical look at the Parole Board, but rather scrutiny of OSIG’s … Read More