COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
July 29, 2011
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
As part of its responsibility for promulgating new regulations or revising or repealing existing regulations, the Board of Education is required to develop a statement of the administrative impact and projected cost to school divisions of its regulatory action. The Board and the Department of Education are required to send a copy of the statement to each division superintendent.
The Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (Standards of Accreditation) are designed to ensure that an effective educational program is established and maintained in Virginia's public schools. At its meeting on June 23, 2011, the Board approved amendments to the regulations to comport with legislative changes that have been passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor. These changes address the provisions of House Bill 1554 and Senate Bill 810, House Bill 1793, House Bill 2172 and Senate Bill 953, House Bill 2494 from the 2011 General Assembly as well as House Bill 566 and Senate Bill 630 from the 2010 General Assembly.
The proposed changes are as follows:
The changes to the regulations are necessitated by the passage of legislation by the General Assembly. In order to comport with the legislative changes, these regulations must be amended. The fiscal impact statements for these bills indicated that several of these bills could have a local administrative impact, but that no budget amendments were necessary.
Please contact the Office of Policy at (804) 225-2092, or by electronic mail at email@example.com, if you need additional information or have questions.