VBOE Board Briefs: October 2021
November 2, 2021
November 2, 2021
VEA Member Interest
The Board adopted a resolution of recognition to commemorate November 2021 as Family Engagement in Education Month.
Final Review of Proposed Revisions to the Final Review of 2021 Prescriptions to the Standards of Quality – APPROVED
During the Board meeting, the Board approved the 2021 Prescriptions to the Standards of Quality (SOQ). The SOQs drive about 85% of state funding for local division. The Board is required to prescribe standards for public schools; revision is only by the General Assembly. Prescriptions include funding for: enhanced at-risk add-on (includes language directing school boards to equitably distribute experienced teachers and other personnel among all of its schools and a prohibition on clustering ineffective teachers in any school or group of students), teacher leader and mentor programs, reading specialists, English Learner teachers, principal mentorship, work-based learning coordinators, elementary school principals, assistant principals, class size reduction and experienced teachers for K-3, specialized student support personnel (new position category including school nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other licensed health and behavioral positions and sets 4 specialized student support personnel per 1000 students), school counselors (ratio of 1:250 students).
First Review of the Proposed Stage of the Regulatory Action to Amend the Regulations Establishing Standards for the Accreditation of Public Schools in Virginia
A Special Committee presented proposed amendments to the SOAs after thoroughly reviewing the positive, negative, and unintended consequences of the 2017 revisions. Action to approve this item will be requested at the November meeting.
VDOE Board Briefs email communication can be found HERE.
For a full run-down of the VBOE’s October 2021 Business Meeting – CLICK HERE.
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