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McAuliffe says he doesn’t like grades for schools

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to scrap Virginia's letter grading system of the state's public schools.

The new Democratic governor said Thursday during a radio interview that giving a failing grade for a school can have devastating impact on property values of nearby houses.

He said an "F"' rating of can also stigmatize a school.

McAuliffe made the comments during his first "Ask the Governor" segment on WRVA in Richmond.

The Virginia Board of Education announced last November it was going to begin a new A-through-F school grading system. Grades are based on the percentage of student proficiency, academic growth and college and career readiness.

The BOE said it would announce grades at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.


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@Stevens Miller

What charter schools? The education establishment has basically squashed any attempt at reform.  its not needed because the current system works so well, huh?

So Stevens, how do you propose measuring progress or lack thereof?  Oh yeah, just shovel more money into the broken system. That works SO WELL in DC!


Yes, the public education system in the USA is doing a fine job.  No need for grading or accountability.  Teachers definitely should not have to pass proficiency tests for their for their subjects.  One more thing, give the schools more money or else!


You don’t improve a school’s “D” grade math performance by averaging in its “A” grade history and its “A” grade English, then report it overall as a “B” grade school, any more than you would serve a student by giving them a single overall grade as well.

What you _can_ do with that approach is fudge the standards so your donors who own charter schools get the better grades, and have the (taxpayer) money to make donations.

The existing system of evaluation was doing an adequate job of measuring schools on a variety of axes, and in a way that sought potential for improvement without jeopardizing a whole community’s real estate values.

Greason’s system is corrupt and a threat to the welfare of our children.


“a failing grade for a school can have devastating impact on property values”?  Seriously?  How about “terrible schools can have a devastating impact on property values”  Where do we get these people?  Oh right, we elected him


The grading system is a right wing ploy to get money to private Christian schools. No rational state should let that slip in.


giving a failing grade for a school can have devastating impact on property values of nearby houses.

So it’s okay to have kids languishing in those schools because they have no other options? But if property values are affected, then whoa! We need to do something!! Don’t worry about changing the schools, just change (or eliminate) the test.


One of the worst bills Tag’s put through…Instead, we should grade our politicians on what they’ve done or not done. Tag gets a D-. Mostly MIA and putting forth worthless bills that only affect a handful of people.


OH Geez, don’t give an ‘F’ to a student for not achieving or passing a test. It might hurt their feelings and give them bad self esteem. Please, this guy is a jayvee Obama. What have we come too in this country!!


Terry McAuliffe is a fool. Is it Nov. 2017 yet?


He is right.  It is ridiculous.  No one wanted it except ALEC, which is apparently Tag Greason’s main constituency.


Has Tag stepped foot in schools in his district?


“The new Democratic governor said Thursday during a radio interview that giving a failing grade for a school can have devastating impact on property values of nearby houses.”

LOL!


Terry is cleaning up our government already!

The absurd and corrupt school grading system (championed at none of his contituents’ request, and over the criticism of Loudoun’s school board, by Del. “Tag” Greason) is nothing more nor less than a gimmick to reward partisan operators of charter schools.

See educationvotes.nea.org/2013/09/06/indiana-school-grading-system-gets-an-f/

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