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Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 131]
Action 2007-2008 revisions
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 11/5/2008
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10/23/08  10:28 am
Commenter: Beth Perry

My son works so hard. He deserves a standard diploma when he graduates.

Dear Members of the Board of Education:

I am a Virginia resident and a strong supporter of our public schools.  I appreciate the Board's efforts to make graduation rates a priority for Virginia high schools, but given the importance of producing graduates ready for college, work, and life, I'm writing to ask that you take a stronger stand. 

My son has been struggling to catch up with his grade level peers since he began Kindergarten. In it my feeling that even if he remains a year behind his peers, he should be able to obtain a regular diploma in the time allotted to him by the Commonwealth.  If the school does their job, there is no reason he can't.

  • Please increase the target for the graduation index to at least 90 points, OR adjust the graduation and completion index so that it gives schools more points for Standard and Advanced Diplomas and fewer points for all alternative diplomas and other credentials. 

Virginia’s students need to receive appropriate supports to reach their potentials, and schools and the Commonwealth as a whole will benefit from incentives to provide the needed supports.

Thank you for your consideration.  I hope you'll do all that you can to increase the number of students who successfully graduate ready to fulfill their greatest potential.


Beth Perry

P.O. Box 512

Millers Tavern VA 23115

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