A new state school division to manage some underperforming schools is NOT the only change to public education to be approved this year by state lawmakers.
An array of new laws to revise some programs and expand others will soon take effect.
Under one law, schools must add early reading intervention services for kindergarten, first and second grades, AND algebra readiness intervention for sixth through ninth grades. Parents will receive clear, A-through-F report cards to rate local schools under a second law—sponsored by Delegate Tag Greason.
Legislation to change the process for evaluating public school teachers has cleared the Virginia Senate and is now on its way to the Governor.
The bill is a compromise negotiated among major stakeholders, including the Virginia Education Association, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, and the McDonnell administration. But as that didn’t stop a senator from unsuccessfully proposing a few last-minute amendments.