SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 46
March 5, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Update on the Proposed Revisions to the Standards of Accreditation|
On Tuesday, February 25, 1997, the Virginia Board of Education reviewed proposed revisions to the Standards of Accreditation for Public Schools in Virginia. The proposals were approved for distribution to interested persons and organizations throughout the state as a part of the public comment process prior to final adoption by the Board. As a part of the public comment process, seven public hearings will be held throughout the state beginning in late March. A listing of the dates and locations that have been set to date is attached. In order that we comply with all of the requirements of the Administrative Process Act (APA) and time line directives of the Board, the format and numbering of sections of the proposed revised standards have changed from what was originally posted on the Department's home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/Anthology/VDOE/. We are posting the version that will be published in the Virginia Register on March 17. In addition, the Department of Education is printing copies of the proposed revisions to distribute to local division central offices and to all public schools. The printed copies will not be available for another week to ten days. I look forward to hearing from you after you have had an opportunity to review the proposals. Specific questions should be directed to Charles Finley, Principal Specialist for Policy Analysis at 804/ 225-2747 or via VaPEN to email@example.com. RTL/cwf Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure will be sent to the superintendent's office VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITING PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN VIRGINIA Please note: All public hearings begin at 7:00 p.m. Registration for those wishing to speak begins at 6:30 p.m. Speakers are requested to limit their remarks to three minutes each. In the event of a large number of persons signing up to speak, the hearing chairman may request that the time limit for each speaker be shortened to less than three minutes. A written copy of remarks is requested, but not required. Persons wishing to submit their comments by mail are invited to do so. Written comments may be submitted until May 17, 1997 to Charles W. Finley, Principal for Policy Analysis, Virginia Department of Education. P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Public hearings are scheduled as follows: Tuesday, March 25 Patrick County High School Rt. 5 Stuart, VA 24171 Wednesday, March 26 West Point High School 2700 Mattaponi Avenue West Point, VA 23181 Tuesday, April 1 Rural Retreat High School Rural Retreat, VA 24368 Tuesday, April 8 Robert E. Lee High School 1200 N. Coalter Street Staunton, VA 24401 Wednesday, April 9 Landstown Middle School 2204 Recreation Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23456 Tuesday, April 15 Highland Springs High School 15 S. Oak Avenue Highland Springs, VA 23075 Wednesday, April 16 Loudoun County High School 415 Dry Mill Road SW Leesburg, VA 20175 Note: The Board of Education may set additional hearing sites. Announcements of the additional site(s) will be distributed to all media statewide.