“Redesigning High School” Public Hearing July 14th


The Virginia Board of Education will hold a series of public hearings in July and August to gather feedback from families, educators, and community members on student expectations, how schools are accredited, and school resources. This is related to HB895, the high school redesign law, that passed during the 2016 General Assembly session.

I recently received information from the Virginia Board of Education about public hearings regarding implementation of this law. HB 895 proposes that graduation requirements and other aspects of high school education be reviewed and possibly revised, with implementation phased in during a four year period starting in the 2018-19 school year. A copy of HB 895 may be found here. Please note that changes in the law due to HB 895 are indicated in italicized print or strikeouts in existing words.

Please note that the only meeting presently scheduled in Northern Virginia is set for July 14th in Manassas.

Thursday, July 14th
6:30 p.m.
Osbourn High School (Auditorium)
9005 Tudor Lane
Manassas, VA 20110

For your reference, a short slide summary prepared by the Virginia Board of Education may be found here:http://www.vast.org/_docs/doepublichearingpresentation.pdf

Public comment will be accepted at the meeting. While the Board welcomes all comments from the public, they are specifically looking for feedback on the Board’s work related to the following:
· Development of a Profile of a Virginia Graduate, and changes to high school graduation requirements and how schools will be accredited in the future
· Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Virginia’s accountability system
· Recommendations regarding the Standards of Quality (SOQ)
· Identifying conditions and needs of public education, for updating the Board’s comprehensive plan and annual report to the Governor and General Assembly

For planning purposes, kindly RSVP to the Director for Board Relations Melissa Luchau at Melissa.luchau@doe.virginia.gov if you are able to attend one of these meetings (RSVPs are appreciated, but not required). If you know of others who would like to join, feel free to share this information with them.

A sign in sheet will be provided at each hearing for those individuals wishing to address the Board. So that Board members are able to hear from as many people as possible, each speaker is asked to limit their comments to 3 minutes. If individuals wish to submit a written copy of their remarks, or additional materials for the Board to consider, those will be accepted at the hearing. Comment cards will also be available.

Before the public hearing, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Board members will hold a roundtable discussion with select, invited participants on the Board’s development of a Profile of a Virginia Graduate and changes to Virginia’s accountability system. The roundtable are open to the public, but public comment will not be accepted during the roundtable.

For more information, please contact:
Melissa L. Luchau
Director for Board Relations
Department of Education