Thursday, March 23, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system.
House Bill 1400
Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia.
This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that HB 8 was unconstitutional; consequently, I vetoed it.
In establishing the Virginia Virtual School outside of the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and
Ed Elswick Announces for Windsor District
Ed Elswick announced Tursday that he is running for Roanoke County Board of Supervisor in the Windsor Hills District of Roanoke County.
He will challenge Joe McNamara in the June 9th Republican primary.
Elswick has lived on Bent Mountain in the Windsor Hills District of Roanoke County for 25 years and is retired from GE as finance quality assurance manager.
He is a former school teacher with a BA from Berea College with a masters from Ball State University.
Elswick considers a supervisor’s role as one of being a manager of taxpayers funding of County services. He believes Supervisors position should not be a political one, but more emphasizes should be placed on insuring that citizens desires are met without excessive spending. Elswick in his press release says, “the citizens of Roanoke County should approve any excessive expenditure on major projects” and thinks the County has gone too far with expensive projects that do not represent citizen’s desires. This seriously impacts future tax rates in the county, said Elswick.
In his press release he states that he wants a more fiscally responsive County Administration with a concentration on serving citizens, containing expenditures and promoting all the positive aspects of the area to interested future employers.
He advocates a citizen advisory group through a Countywide Civic Organization. This will promote cooperation, citizen input, and communication channels with the County Board and Roanoke county Citizens.
Elswick currently serves as Bent Mountain Civic league president and says he will promote strong ties to the entire Roanoke Valley educational institutions from public schools to private Colleges and State universities.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, Roanoke County Politics
Tags: board_of_supervisors, election2009, republican