Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30

The 40% Solution……Stay Tuned!

“No Board of Education meeting would be complete without some discussion of NCLB” commented the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Pat Wright at the State Board of Education’s annual retreat on April 25th. The State Board will also have to do more than discuss the response to a number of waiver requests. This week …

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Apr 29

STEM Academies Increase in Virginia High Schools

The State Board of Education took action March 26, 2012 on four requests for new STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academies to be located at Virginia high schools. These academies, when all are finally approved this spring, will bring the total of these learning opportunities to fourteen across the Commonwealth. There are currently Governor’s  STEM academies in …

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Apr 24

Virginia School Earns Green Ribbon Award

Congratulations to Kevin Bezey, Principal at the Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration in the Franklin County School Division as the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School award. Kevin’s school was the only secondary school in Virginia recognized for this distinction. Kevin is past president of the Virginia Association …

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Apr 20

State Budget Finally Completed

Unprecedented and unpredictable really describes much of what went on during the 2012 General Assembly Session, and the Veto Session proved to be no different. During the Session of 2012, highly publicized social legislation put Virginia on the national map and the late-night TV circuit. But almost from the first day state politicians came to …

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Apr 18

What Do Teachers Want?

The title for this blog may bring many thoughts to building principals, some thoughts humorous and some serious.  Some of these responses in your mind may be longer planning blocks, more compensation, or fewer visits in their classrooms by you! Actually, none of these responses are close and thankfully so. The classroom teachers did respond in the majority …

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Apr 11

Professional Development for Building Administrators

The Virginia Department of Education has listed two summer staff development activities for building principals/assistant principals in June. 2012 Summer AP Institute for Administrators from June 18 – 20 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sessions will be designed for school and division administrators and AP Coordinators.  Think of this as a learning opportunity and a great …

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Apr 10

Details of Our Proposed State Budget as of April 5th, 2012

As a follow up to the April 10th blog posted by Bet Neale, listed below is a breakdown of the agreement items of HB 1300 and HB 1301. The following summarizes major items of agreement. As noted in the previous blog, salary increases are for state employees, but “local employees”, AKA public school teachers, administrators …

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Apr 09

Monitoring Your Congressional Members Made Easy

You must admit that the 2012 Virginia General Assembly session and meetings provided moments of interest, humor and also incredulity as our GA members wrangled through the myriad of legislative proposals, some of which we now must accept as law. You have been able to track the legislative process through our blog site, personal telephone calls,  and email …

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Apr 09

Budget Woes for Educators….Again!

Command and control; but do not compensate. That appears to be the new state mantra for K-12 personnel. And the news on the compromise budget appears to bolster that view, as previously expressed by the Governor and others, that public school personnel are “local employees” and may be why we learned last week that funding …

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Apr 02

Assistant Principal Leadership Assistance

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has developed the Assistant Principal Leadership Center to help serve AP’s with professional development and career needs. Secondary school assistant principals may use this site to enhance their current job performance and use in preparation for the principalship. If you are interested, click on for your opportunity to read …

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