Board Meeting Agenda - May 21-22, 2008
Full Board Convenes 9:00 a.m.
Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Minutes of the April 24, 2008, Meeting of the Board
Comments from the Honorable Thomas R. Morris, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia
Click on the links below to view individual agenda items. You may also download the complete set of agenda items compiled in a single document. Note that this file contains all agenda items, reports and supporting materials and may be a very large file. All agenda documents linked are PDF files unless otherwise indicated.
- Final Review of a Proposed Amendment to the Regulations Governing the Reduction of State Aid When the Length of the School Term is Below 180 Teaching Days or 990 Teaching Hours (8 VAC 20-521-10 et seq.) Under the Fast Track Provisions of the Administrative Process Act
- Final Review of a Request for Approval of an Innovative Program Opening Prior to Labor Day from Covington City Public Schools
- Final Review of the Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers
Action/Discussion: Board of Education Regulations
- First Review of a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to Amend and Consolidate Board of Education Regulations Governing Textbook Adoption State Level (8 VAC 20-220-10 et seq.), Regulations Governing Textbook Adoption Local Level (8 VAC 20-230-10 et seq.) and Regulations Governing Textbook Fund Management and handling on Local Level (8 VAC 20-270-10 et seq.)
- First Review of a Request for Increased Graduation Requirements from Halifax County Public Schools
- First Review of Proposed Revised Curriculum Framework for 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning
- First Review of a Proposal to Establish a Governor’s Career and Technical Academy: Fostering Innovation and Relevance through STEM and Trades
- First Review of a Proposal to Establish a Governor’s Career and Technical Academy: Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology, and Engineering (GAITE)
- First Review of Action Required to Continue the Process of Consolidating the Two Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind
- Report on Petersburg City School’s Implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding and Findings of the Division-Level Review
Discussion of Current Issues
by Board of Education Members and Superintendent of Public Instruction
Adjournment of Business Session
Meeting of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB) Foundation Board and Election of Officers for the Foundation
Note: The Board of Education will convene for the annual planning session following the adjournment of the business session.
Planning Session Agenda
Introduction and Overview –Dr. Emblidge
Update on the Borad of Education's Comprehensive Plan for 2007-2012: Discussion of the Metrics –Dr. Deborah Jonas
Highlights of Virginia Department of Education Initiatives in Support of the Board of Education's Objectives
OBJECTIVE 1: The Board of Education will continue to enhance the quality standards for all public schools in Virginia.
- Standards of Quality: Limited English Proficient – current information, research, legislation introduced by the 2008 General Assembly (Division of Policy and Communications)
- Overview of selected Department of Education resources available to teachers and students, including ePAT, Project Graduation online tutorials, Virginia Mentor, strategies for middle school math teachers, and instructional websites for history and social science
OBJECTIVE 2: The Board of Education will provide leadership to help schools and school divisions eliminate the achievement gap between groups of students and increase the academic success of all students.
- Algebra Readiness Program (Division of Instruction)
OBJECTIVE 3: The Board of Education will support accountability for all schools, focusing on assisting chronically low-performing schools and school divisions while recognizing all schools and school divisions as they move towards excellence.
- Lessons Learned: Summary of the findings of the Academic Review Teams and the PASS Program (Division of Student Assessment and School Improvement)
OBJECTIVE 4: The Board of Education will work cooperatively with partners to help ensure that all young children are ready to enter kindergarten with the skills they need for success.
- Summary of Accomplishments of the NASBE Grant Program (Division of Instruction)
OBJECTIVE 5: The Board of Education will establish policies that support the attainment of literacy skills of all students, kindergarten through grade 12.
- The Foreign Language Academy Program (Division of Instruction)
OBJECTIVE 6: The Board of Education will establish policies and standards that enhance the preparation, recruitment, and retention of educational personnel, including their meaningful, ongoing professional development.
- Initiatives to recruit and retain teachers: Teach Virginia Program (Division of Teacher Education and Licensure)
OBJECTIVE 8: The Board of Education will provide leadership to help schools and school divisions ensure a safe and secure environment conducive to facilitating the teaching and learning process.
- Overview of Student Assistance Programs (Division of Special Education and Student Services)
- Discipline, Crime, and Violence data on the Web (Division of Special Education and Student Services)
OBJECTIVE 7: The Board of Education will provide leadership in implementing the provisions of state and federal laws and regulations.
- Summary of recent regulatory changes and overview of actions planned for the remainder of 2008 (Division of Policy and Communications)
The Board of Education members will meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tuesday,
May 20, 2008. Items for the Board agenda may be discussed informally at that dinner. No votes will be taken,
and it is open to the public. The Board president reserves the right to change the times listed on this agenda
depending upon the time constraints during the meeting.
*Guidelines for Public Comment
- The Board of Education is pleased to receive public comment at each of its regular monthly meetings. In order to allow the Board sufficient time for its other business, the total time allotted to public comment will generally be limited to thirty (30) minutes. Individuals seeking to speak to the Board will be allotted three (3) minutes each.
- Those wishing to speak to the Board should contact Dr. Margaret Roberts, Executive Assistant for Board Relations at (804) 225-2924. Normally, speakers will be scheduled in the order that their requests are received until the entire allotted time slot has been used. Where issues involving a variety of views are presented before the Board, the Board reserves the right to allocate the time available so as to insure that the Board hears from different points of view on anyparticular issue.
- Speakers are urged to contact Dr. Roberts in advance of the meeting. Because of time limitations, those persons who have not previously registered to speak prior to the day of the Board meeting cannot be assured that they will have an opportunity to appear before the Board.
- In order to make the limited time available most effective, speakers are urged to provide multiple written copies of their comments or other material amplifying their views.