April 4, 2013
Members from the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) spoke about the positives and negatives of a few senate and house bills that were voted on in the general assembly, stating that they will seek to repeal a few.
Board members discussed the repeal of the Kings Dominion law that prohibits schools from starting before labor day, even though S.O.L. tests scores could see a positive change from schools starting before that date.
They also discussed the rejection of the Opportunity Education Institution bill that would allow the state to take over failing schools, saying that it needs to be rewritten.
"We've always maintained that it is unconstitutional even in its present form," says Pat Lacy, Lobbyist for the VSBA
"For the last 5 years it's been about what we can reduce or not expand as much, which has been exceedingly difficult for a school system to thrive in this type of environment," says Juandiego Wade, Federal Relations chair for the VSBA
One positive was the passing of the 2% raise in teacher salaries. However, the only downfall to it is that it will once again force school systems to come up with more money when they are already struggling to find funds as is.
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