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Sunday, September 22, 2013
The Virginia School Boards Association fully agrees with Gov. McDonnell that all children deserve to go to a good school with great teachers. We also agree that everything possible should be done to help our students. However, the VSBA does not believe that violating the Virginia Constitution is acceptable, and local boards are best positioned to supervise local schools.
School board members are people who live and work in our communities. Who better to understand local challenges? School divisions already struggle with finding ways to encourage stakeholder involvement, and a state-run Opportunity Educational Institution will put even more distance between the division and locality. This will drive disengagement, not the community engagement and commitment necessary for our schools to be the best that they can. While we can never be complacent, we must remember that local school boards helped take Virginia to the rank of fourth in the nation, despite Virginia ranking 38th in per pupil funding from state sources. Things are not perfect, but let’s build on what does work.
Understanding that all school divisions want all children to succeed, the VSBA is focused on meaningful change and support. Among other initiatives, the VSBA created a Task Force on Challenged Schools, which is bringing together board members, superintendents, Board of Education members, university professors, state associations and others to identify and share research, resources and strategies that will empower all of Virginia’s schools to reach higher levels of student achievement. The VSBA is also working with our colleagues at the National School Boards Association to pilot a school governance training program with the NSBA Council of Urban Boards of Education.
This is the type of collaboration that will result in meaningful progress that benefits all divisions, schools and students in Virginia.
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