Governor McDonnell issued the following statement regarding passage of his proposed A-F school grading system by the Senate Education and Health Committee. The governor's legislation previously passed the House Education committee yesterday. It will now be considered by the full House and Senate.
"Today's vote in the Senate Education and Health Committee is a significant step toward final passage of this important educational accountability measure. When children come home with report cards, parents can clearly see how well they are doing and where they are in need of improvement. This legislation brings that same idea to school performance. This simple and clear system allows parents to better understand how well their child's school is performing. Great accountability and transparency are key to helping parents be a part of the solution in underperforming schools. This A-F school grading system has been applied with success in other states, and I know it will be helpful in further improving public education in the Commonwealth. Every student in every zip code deserves the opportunity of an excellent education. I thank Delegate Tag Greason and Senator Bill Stanley for their leadership as patrons of this legislation and I look forward to continuing to work with members of both parties to get this important measure passed."