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

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 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

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

House GOP Leader Gilbert: Northam Should Add Emergency Clause to the ‘Open the Schools’ Bill

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Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance on social distancing in schools, lowering the recommended distance between students from 6 feet to 3 feet, clearing the way for schools to reopen in Virginia. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “The new guidance from the CDC is crystal clear: schools can safely … Read More

Republican Legislators Call on Governor Northam to Prioritize Five Days of In-School Learning this Fall

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With just 62 days until Labor Day, the unofficial start of the 2020-2021 school year for most students in Virginia, a group of Republican legislators in Virginia are calling on Governor Ralph Northam to prioritize in-school learning five days a week for all students in Virginia, and calling for legislative changes and state investments to support that goal.

House Republican Leadership Statement on School Reopening

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, Caucus Chair Kathy Byron, R-Bedford, and Caucus Whip Jay Leftwich, R-Chesapeake, issued the following statement: “Both the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics have made it clear — the bigger risk for our students is keeping schools closed this fall. Governor Northam and his administration should immediately revise their guidance … Read More

House GOP Leader Gilbert Statement on Governor Northam’s Irresponsible School Flip-Flop

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “Any parent of a school-aged child in Virginia who saw today’s briefing by Governor Northam is probably livid right now, and they have every right to be. Earlier this month, the Governor rolled out a 100+ page ‘guidance’ document for the reopening of schools. Our local systems were mandated to comply … Read More