(Richmond)- A report by a Virginia watchdog agency has detailed the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Virginia’s public K-12 education. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission is a nonpartisan group of analysts and legislators. The conclusion of the report urges lawmakers to increase education funding. In addition to previous reports of declining academic achievement, this new study also found that there were major issues relating to absenteeism and mental health issues among students. The report found that morale and job satisfaction for teachers were much lower than they had been before the pandemic.