VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Local school leaders want to make sure the General Assembly knows what's best for schools. The Virginia Beach School Board says a salary increase for teachers and staff needs to be on the agenda.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools says there hasn't been a state funded salary increase since 2007. The school board says they support a five percent raise for teachers and support staff.
Other issues Virginia Beach schools want the General Assembly to address:
- Letting local school boards set their own school calendars.
- Legislation that would get rid of history and science SOLs for third graders. They say that will allow teachers to focus on math and English skills.
- They want to expand gang-free zones to include school bus stops and publicly owned areas.
- The want to extend the probationary period for new teachers to five years instead of three years.
- They also want to draft changes to grievance procedures.
The school system also has a list of legislation they oppose:
- Unfunded state mandates that require the school system to provide additional services without the state's share of the funding.
- Adding operating costs to the lottery fund, which reduces the amount of money school divisions get.
- Requirements that a school division spend a certain percentage of the budget on specific activities.
- Letting non-public school students take part in school programs.
- Requiring schools to pay for a student that enrolls in a virtual school outside his or her school division.
Check out Virginia Beach City Public Schools' full legislative agenda here . You can also read the school board's description for each issue they are supporting and opposing.
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