Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 11/9/2017 - 7:00 PM
Category: Items Pulled from Consent Calendar
Type: Action
Subject: 2018 Legislative Agenda
Strategic Plan:
Objective 2.3 Community Engagement
ACPS will actively engage families, students, staff, and community members regarding school programs and activities, volunteer opportunities, and events.
Policy: BBA - School Board Powers and Duties
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable):
File Attachment:
171109_Memo_2018_Legislative_Agenda.pdf
171109_ACPS_2018_Legislative_Agenda_v1.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: The Alexandria City Public Schools believes that local school divisions are best positioned to respond to the needs of students and families with the provision of adequate funding from the state to address mandates. To ensure that Virginia provides sufficient educational funding for its citizens, the Alexandria City School Board supports recognizing the educational needs of low-income students by providing more funding for the At-Risk Add-On in the budget.
While the school division benefits from state goals and guidance, local school divisions should have the autonomy and flexibility to determine policies in areas such as grading, instructional spending, school safety, calendar year and student discipline.

Growing enrollment, changing demographics and the student support needs in our schools require competitive teacher salaries, and increased funding to meet the Standards of Quality, particularly in the student services areas of psychology, counseling, nursing and other mental health supports. We support the work of the SOL Innovation Committee in its efforts to provide local school divisions with more options to demonstrate student learning, and encourage the General Assembly to return to the original schedule for full funding of the Virginia Retirement System. Given the role of public education in the health of our community and this nation, we oppose the diversion of any public education funds to non-public schools, private virtual programs or use of tuition tax credits, tax deductions, or vouchers, as a means of reimbursing parents for their children’s K-12 education expenses.

ACPS will continue working with similar school divisions in our advocacy for more flexibility in instructional programming, cost of competing, and differential funding for educating students that require special services not in line with the local composite index.
Background:
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve the ACPS Legislative Agenda for 2018 .
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Final-Clerk of the Board - Proxy
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Henry E. Cardwell Moved, Member Cindy Anderson seconded to approve the Original motion 'The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve the ACPS Legislative Agenda for 2018 .'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 8 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 8 - 0
   
William E. Campbell     Yes
Karen Graf     Yes
Christopher J. Lewis     Yes
Ramee A. Gentry     Yes
Henry E. Cardwell     Yes
Margaret Lorber     Yes
Cindy Anderson     Yes
Veronica R. Nolan     Yes

New Motion
Member Christopher J. Lewis Moved, Member Karen Graf seconded to approve the New motion 'The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve the ACPS Legislative Agenda for 2018 .

Motion to amend to include the following under "Continuing Issues"
The Alexandria City School Board supports Virginia Department of Education collecting and reporting information on alternative education programs offered by local school divisions to students subject to disciplinary measures like suspension and reassignment. '. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 8 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 8 - 0
   
William E. Campbell     Yes
Karen Graf     Yes
Christopher J. Lewis     Yes
Ramee A. Gentry     Yes
Henry E. Cardwell     Yes
Margaret Lorber     Yes
Cindy Anderson     Yes
Veronica R. Nolan     Yes