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
School Board with Legislators and City Council
After much gnashing of teeth and consultation with the city attorney Dan Callaghan Roanoke City Council decided that the replacement of school board chairman Dave Carson will be advertised and applications taken until May 3 and reviewed by council on May 6. Carson has been appointed to the 23rd District Circuit Court and will take the bench July 1. His resignation is effective June 12, the day after RCPS graduations.
Mayor Bowers announced that two of the six applicants had withdrawn.
Monday’s council meeting agenda had already advertised that the four remaining applicants would be interviewed. Susan Moore who has reapplied for the school board was at a conference in California and was expected to participate by phone.
The process disruption and the timing of Carson’s resignation created some confusion on how to proceed. It was a situation council had not faced before. They decided to gave the applicants the option of opting out of the interviews until May 20. Citizen public comments would again be heard at the evening meeting on the same day.
Annette Lewis, current board member and attorney Mary Beth Nash decided to take their interviews at the April 15 council meeting. That pushed the 2:00 p.m. council meeting until 6:45 p.m. leaving only a few minutes before the beginning of the 7:00 p.m. public hearing meeting. Charles Meidlinger another applicant opted to wait until May 20.
All three waited several hours as the 2:00 p.m. council meeting dragged on way past their 4:00 p.m. public interviews. At the 7:00 p.m. meeting 6 speakers advocated for the 4 applicants. School Board Vice Chair Todd Putney advocated for the reappointment of the current trustees Annette Lewis and Susan Moore.
Council after decided to readvertise for applicants on all three school board openings that including filling the unexpired term of Mr. Carson. The four applicants will also be able to apply for Carson’s vacancy.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Education, Roanoke City Public Schools
Tags: Roanoke City Public Schools, school_board