Protecting Educational Opportunity

News of the pending closure of the Carroll County  Virginia Virtual Academy is heart-breaking. A long-term solution has  been in reach for the last three years.

Legislation I introduced would have created a  funding model that would have capped expenditures at about 25 percent  less than is currently being spent in traditional brick-and-mortar-style  learning environments. It would save money for government, spending  less for education while providing families choices in the manner in  which students learn while maintaining Virginia curriculum and  standards, including meeting requirements of the Standards of Learning  tests.

I have also fought for legislation creating a  statewide and state-governed program that would allow for greater  oversight, more accountability and a predictable and common-sense  funding mechanism that would have avoided the enrollment fees Carroll  County imposed. It is those fees with which the Roanoke Times editorial  staff (“A raw deal on virtual schools,” editorial, May 3) seems to take  umbrage.


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