Board of Education Listening Tour Continues in Harrisonburg

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- The president of the Va. Board of Education continued his listening tour on Friday morning at Smithland Elementary School.

David Foster, the president, said the goal is to try to gain an understanding of the issues local educators, parents, and students have about education in the state.

One concern he said many have expressed is over the new grading system for schools in the state, which they will be graded on an A to F scale on how well they are preparing students.

Friday was the second day of the tour. On Thursday, he held a forum at Skyline Middle School. Foster said about 80 people were there.

"It's not easy for everyone to come to Richmond and testify to us, so this was a chance to get out and let them tell us first hand what they think we are doing well, maybe what we aren't doing as well, what we can do better. I think its given us a better sense of what's really happening on the ground, in the classrooms," Foster said.

His tour continues next month in the eastern part of the state. By the time the tour is done, he will have visited all eight regions in which schools are divided up in the state.

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