Claim: “When Tim Kaine proposed hard funding cuts for Virginia schools, one Democrat called it a ‘kick in the teeth.'”
Sponsor(s): Crossroads GPS
Air Dates: Sept. 19 – present
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FactCheck.org Summary: It’s true that the top official in one wealthy county did say that [Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova]- when the then-Virginia governor proposed a one-year delay to a scheduled change that would have prevented cuts for two-thirds of the state’s poorest school districts.Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova did say that, but the ad doesn’t explain what the “kick in the teeth” phrase references. …Kaine was not proposing new cuts to education; he proposed that the Legislature delay a planned funding redistribution that, if implemented, would have resulted in cuts for two-thirds of the state’s poorest school districts. And, in any event, the proposed delay was never adopted, as the new Republican governor, Robert McDonnell, came out in opposition to it.