Tag Archive: General Assembly

Jan 28

2013 General Assembly Session In Full Swing

 Over 140 public education bills have been introduced in a very short time, and many are proving to be pretty controversial.  Politicians have hit Richmond with a vengeance and with bills overflowing their pockets.  Transportation may top the list in much of the news, but close on the heels of that issue is another subject …

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Jan 28

Update on Education Legislation

General Assembly Bill Update: Priority Education bills are continually being monitored by VASSP. Remember to click on the bill number to read a summary and the full text of any bill. Update includes a full listing of Priority Education bills and education bills listed by category under the following headings: School Board, Personnel, Instruction/Testing; Safety/Discipline; Students/Special …

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Jan 04

Upcoming Bills To Watch In the General Assembly

Early filings of education bills reveal members’ inclination to continue to introduce unfunded mandates, more “Tebo” bills and bills related to testing and graduation and school calendar – with expectation of many more education bills to follow, such as those related to firearms, choice, charter schools, discipline, etc. Stay in tune and in touch and …

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Dec 26

Check In On Your General Assembly

January will be here soon and along with the colder weather in 2013, it also ushers in this year’s General Assembly. Yes, it is that time of the year when our elected state senators and house of delegates representatives prepare to meet, talk, deliberate and in due time put forth legislative actions intended to improve …

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Oct 14

Emergency Regulations for the Standards for Accrediting Public Schools

Dr. Jones is a former VASSP president, Professor and Chair, Leadership Studies Director, VASSP Center for Educational Leadership at Lynchburg College and author of the annual VASSP publication Changes in School Law. The following article encapsulates important changes to the SOA that will affect every student in the Commonwealth and is also a reminder of …

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Sep 11

Emergency Regulations for the Standards for Accrediting Public Schools

As a result of 2012 General Assembly legislation, changes to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia are necessary. The state superintendent proposed emergency regulations to the Virginia Board of Education, and the Board approved these emergency regulations at its June meeting. The changes take effect beginning with first-time ninth graders during …

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Jul 27

July State Board Meeting Information for Administrators

The Virginia Board of Education met on July 26, 2012 in the James Monroe Building to take action on several items. I have posted one in this blog report that I feel will be of interest to building administrators . You may review all of the items on the agenda with more detail than will be provided …

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May 31

Standards of Quality?

The Standards of Quality are assumed to represent high quality standards for K-12 public education for all students in the Commonwealth. In point of fact, they represent a minimum foundation. In practice, the SOQ represent a mechanism for the state to fund their share of public education (which must add up to at least 55% …

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May 19

Governor McDonnell’s Budget Amendents Target Many Education Areas

The Governor’s amendment pen was busy following last month’s approval of a compromise budget by the General Assembly. Eighty-eight is a BIG number in the state budget world – representing the number of budget amendments Governor McDonnell sent to the Floor on Monday for the General Assembly to consider. This on the heels of contentious …

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May 10

McDonald Signs Legislation To Help Make Virginia Students College and Career Ready

BRISTOL – Flanked by leaders from the General Assembly, students, teachers and staff from Virginia High School in Bristol, Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed into law four pieces of legislation today aimed at making students graduating from college or high school ready to enter the workforce as productive members of society. The laws support the …

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