By MELINDA WILLIAMS
BRISTOL — Parents, educators, school board members, administrators and other citizens will have a chance to discuss issues related to Virginia’s public schools during a forum to be held in Bristol Monday, Aug. 25.
Virginia Board of Education President Christian N. Braunlich will attend the meeting, which will be held 6-8 p.m. at the Bristol School Board Office. The meeting is one of eight Braunlich will attend across the commonwealth and could be the closest one to Pulaski County.
According to Julie Grimes, communications manager for Virginia Department of Education, Bristol is in school District 7, which includes Pulaski County. The date and location for the forum to be held in neighboring District 6 has not been scheduled.
After Braunlich gives a brief presentation on the Board of Education’s role and goals, those in attendance will have a chance to ask questions and comment. Changes in the Standards of Learing (SOL) assessment system and views on proposed Guidelines for Alternative Assessments the BOE must implement are among topics to be addressed.
“The General Assembly eliminated several SOL tests and directed the Board of Education to develop guidelines to help school divisions develop local assessments to ensure that the content is still taught,” Braunlich said. “Before voting on the guidelines in September, the board wants to listen to the views of … interested citizens on how divisions might balance flexibility and accountability in subjects and grades where there are no longer SOL exams.”
e coming months including to Bedford County Public Schools on September 8. Details of future stops will be available on the Virginia Department of Education website as they are scheduled.