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.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has cleared another speed bump in its drive to build a bypass to Route 29 through Albemarle County.
Those who oppose the 29 bypass have made many arguments. Some think the project, which VDOT predicts will cost about $240 million is too expensive for the limited time drivers would save. Others worry about the impact on health from a six-mile road that would pass by six schools, while a third group feared trucks with hazardous cargo could pass too close to the city’s water supply.
In the last 20 years, Virginia’s manufacturing sector has declined by 46%.
Given the fierce competition worldwide to attract businesses, state lawmakers are examining whether it makes sense to restructure the Commonwealth’s state and local tax system to remove financial hurdles to doing business here.