Richmond, VA (February 11, 2015) – The Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 1672 yesterday, which will enact reforms to the A-F grading system for public schools, by a vote of 90-10. This legislation repeals the current system established in 2013 and instructs the Board of Education to work in consultation with the SOL Innovation Committee to redesign the current grading system. The bill also requires the Board of Education and the SOL Innovation Committee to report back to the General Assembly with their recommendations no later than July 1, 2016.
Speaking about this K-12 reform bill Delegate Tag Greason (R – Loudoun) said, “I carried the original bill in 2013 that helped created the current school report card system and since that time I have met with parents, teachers, principals and other education experts about potential improvements to this system. I am carrying House Bill 1672 as part of my effort to encourage innovation in our schools and to provide parents with better information about school performance. The bill will now be taken up by the Senate and I look forward to working with my colleagues to move these important reforms forward.”
Greason added, “As education continues to be a preeminent item in our budget, we must continue to make strides to safeguard this Virginia taxpayer investment by providing a tool parents can use to clearly understand a school’s performance.”
Similar legislation passed the Senate earlier this month by a vote of 32-6. You can view Delegate Greason’s floor speech on House Bill 1672 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Tj4XskPOhE&feature=youtu.be
Delegate Greason currently serves as Chairman of the House Education Reform Subcommittee and as a Budget Conferee.