Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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 Ended on 11/5/2008
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10/27/08  5:33 pm
Commenter: Alice Cannon

graduation rate increase

Dear Members of the Board of Education:
I have three adult children who attended and graduated from Virginia public school. I have been active in the schools for years, continuing to volunteer and caring passionately about our wonderful children and the education that they receive in our public schools.  I am hoping that you will support targeting the graduation index to at least 90%. Another alternative would be to adjust the graduation and completion index in a way that schools would receive more points for Standard and Advanced Diplomas and fewer points for alternative diplomas and other credentials.
We need to support our students and help them to reach their potentials.  We will all benefit from higher graduation rates. There are fewer and fewer places in the economy for students who have not succeeded in school.  We really need our kids graduating fully prepared for higher education, better jobs and more fulfilling lives.
Please aim high on behalf of our children and take a stronger stand on this important issue.
Thank you for your time,
Alice Cannon
Earlysville, Va. 22936

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