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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 11/02/2011

Progressive groups target six Republicans on education

Two groups have sent out campaign mailers to teachers in six key senate districts across Virginia, targeting Republicans who they say will cut education funding.

Virginia New Majority, which bills itself as a group working on social and economic justice issues, teamed up with the National Education Association.

“We’re certain that these candidates favor drastic, frightening cuts to Virginia's schools, that will hack away at the already diminishing sense of security that many Virginians work hard to achieve,’’ said Rishi Awatramani, a spokesman for Virginia New Majority.

In Northern Virginia, the groups are singling out lawyer Miller Baker, a Republican trying to unseat Democratic Sen. George Barker in a district that includes Alexandria, and Fairfax and Prince William counties.

“Miller Baker thinks our classrooms can take more cuts. Do you agree?” the mailer says. “Public school funding has already been cut to the core. But Miller Baker thinks they can take an even deeper bite.”

Baker did not immediately return a call for comment.

The mailers have been sent in five other districts, each tailored to the candidates — Bryce Reeves in the Fredericksburg area, Mickey Chohany in Hampton Roads, Bill Stanley in Southside, Dave Nutter in Roanoke and Adam Light in Southwest Virginia.

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