Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Delegate Hugo’s HB1744, a VEA initiated bill to allow local school boards to use a three person panel in teacher dismissal cases rather than a hearing officer, was reported by the Elementary and Secondary Subcommittee of House Education with direction to the full committee to re-refer the bill to the House Committee on County Cities and Towns.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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YEAS--Stosch, Colgan, Howell, Saslaw, Norment, Hanger, Watkins, Lucas, Alexander--9.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
“There is a fundamental mismatch in Virginia between the performance expectations and goals for K-12 public schools and the amount of state funding provided to meet our high expectations.”
Yesterday, I related what I would say if I had five minutes with my Senator. Today, let’s switch to the House. What would I suggest that you say to your delegate were you to have five minutes of his time?
If I had five minutes with my Delegate, I’d use my time to help advance VEA’s Legislative Agenda, and to advance the cause of public education. I’d tell him that our schools are suffering from a lack of state funding, and that this year we need to stop the cuts, and to look for ways to enhance state funding in the next biennial budget. For background, I’d hand him the recentPolitiFact showing that VEA is right when we say state funding has been cut by 16% since 2009.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Non-compliance to the limits now in Virginia law causes several problems:
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Currently, this power rests with the local school boards. For example, the Richmond City School Board established the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts just three miles from the VEA Headquarters.
Lingamfelter’s proposal dramatically shifts this decision away from a local school board which is directly accountable to the people, by virtue of election or by appointment by those who are elected, to a state level policy board appointed by the governor.
Think of the implications! Nine members of the Virginia Board of Education, appointed by the Governor, could require your locality to build, staff, and administer a charter school regardless of local needs or desires.
Some charters do better; the majority do the same or worse. CREDO also moved beyond individual student performance to examine the overall performance of charter schools across multiple subject areas. They found that while some charter schools do better than the traditional public schools that fed them, the majority do the same or worse. Almost one-fifth of charters (17 percent) performed significantly better (at the 95 percent confidence level) than the traditional public school. However, an even larger group of charters (37 percent) performed significantly worse in terms of reading and math. The remainder (46 percent) did not do significantly better or worse. - See more at: http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Organizing-a-school/Charter-schools-Finding-out-the-facts-At-a-glance#sthash.V7UwaVGk.dpuf