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
Two days after felony charges were dropped against Gene T. Jones, Jr. in Norfolk General District Court Roanoke City School Superintendent Rita Bishop introduced Gene T. Jones, Jr. executive director of high schools Wednesday evening as the fourth candidate for principal of William Fleming High School.
It has been almost a year since principal Susan Willis left the school and was eventually fired by the Roanoke City School Board as part of the Fleming SOL cheating scandal.
According to court records the charges against Jones, 50 were dropped June 14. Jones was charged with a class six felony destruction of personal property and class one misdemeanor assault and battery charge.
Luevetta Bellamy, 39 swore out assault and battery charges against Jones three days after the April 25 incident that occurred in Jones’ residence.
Both Jones and Bellamy dropped charges in a mutual agreement. Each paid $75 in court cost Monday.
A retired William Fleming High School teacher who asked to have their name withheld was baffled as to why the fourth candidate was being consideration under the circumstances. “What kind of roll model does this project for the students,” wondered the former teacher.
With the departure of Willis under less then stellar circumstances the retired teacher thought a better choice would be a candidate with no hint of misconduct in their past – a “squeaky clean” principal.
The three other candidates are: Archie Freeman, principal of Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Roanoke; Thomas Haley, principal of the Phoenix Academy in Lancaster, Pa.; and Troy Journigan, principal of Forest Park High School in Clayton County, Ga.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Education, Roanoke City Public Schools
Tags: Roanoke City Public Schools, school_board