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Sunday, September 22, 2013
In his piece last weekend, Roy Boyles wrote, “our time and resources would be better spent working together from the state level all the way down to our classrooms.” He’s exactly right. That’s what makes it so disappointing that the Virginia School Boards Association would choose to go to court to ensure some students remain trapped in chronically failing schools rather than work with its partners in Richmond to ensure every Virginia student gets a quality education.
The Virginia Constitution is clear. The commonwealth is responsible for maintaining a system of high-quality schools, and the General Assembly can establish and maintain any institutions necessary to ensure such a system exists. But this is more than a legal issue. As I noted last week, Democratic Del. Algie Howell of Norfolk, where two of the four schools in question are located, has called the effort to ensure that every child can attend a great school “the civil rights issue” of our time. He voted for the bill. Democratic Del. Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg, where another one of the four schools in question is found, also voted for the legislation.
Leaders in the impacted communities know that for far too long we’ve stood by and watched children be sent to failing schools. That’s unacceptable. And that’s why the General Assembly stepped up this year to lead. A prosperous state like ours cannot accept a system in which some children, based solely on where they live, get a lesser education than peers in other communities.
I’ve enjoyed working with the Virginia School Board Association on many issues. I agree we must continue working together at the state and local level to improve public education. That’s what the Opportunity Educational Institution is all about: a partnership between the state and localities to turn around failing schools. Every child deserves the opportunity of a good education. This is indeed the civil rights issue of our time.
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