Superintendents to React to General Assembly Legislation, Measures

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Superintendents from 20 different school divisions will be meeting in Court Square for a press conference Tuesday.

They'll be talking about how education will be affected by certain issues brought up in the General Assembly.

Superintendent Doctor Scott Kizner said state funding is one issue.

Virginia ranks thirty fifth when it comes to state per pupil funding. Kizner said one bill would also "reduce" students' acheivements down to test scores.

Another bill that passed puts a school grading system in place. Schools would be rated by 2015 by the Board of Education.

Kizner said the measure would allow an appointed board to take over failing schools. Kizner said legislators used louisania as a benchmark.

According to numbers Kizner provided from Education Week, Louisiana ranks twenty-eighth in the country.

On the other hand, Virginia ranks fourth for best public education school system

Although he said Harrisonburg City Schools wouldn't fail, Kizner argues there are other factors to grade schools with.

"But honestly it could be one day it could be any of the schools. Things like art, foreign language, STEM... Programs that we value in a community could be determined in Richmond by a bunch of poilticians that this is not appropriate for their schools," Dr. Kizner said.

The bill, which is HB 1999, reads that a grade A school includes students scoring a 25 % or higher advanced proficiency pass rate on state assessments.

Tuesday's press conference will be held at one court square at 1 p.m.

If there's bad weather, they will hold it on the bottom floor of the Harrisonburg City Schools building.

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