FCPS Launches 2018 General Assembly Web Page

FCPS Launches 2018 General Assembly Web Page
Posted on 01/09/2018
DecorativeFor Immediate Release
January 9, 2018
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County Public Schools has launched a special Web page in anticipation of the 2018 General Assembly session convening in Richmond tomorrow (January 10). The Web page, which is available through the Frederick County Public Schools’ website (www.frederick.k12.va.us), provides students, staff and members of the community with an online resource that can be used to follow legislation that could impact public schools.

The 2018 General Assembly Web page includes contact information for Frederick County’s representatives in the state legislature, information on how a bill becomes a law and a synopsis of the bills that have been introduced in the General Assembly this year that could impact Frederick County Public Schools. By clicking on the bill numbers listed on the Web page, visitors can receive additional information about the bill as well as its current status.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Providing the public with accurate information in order to promote public engagement is an important component of good government. Our General Assembly Web page is designed to provide information about key education issues being considered by the state legislature and to foster discussion about education policy. This is the eighth consecutive year we have utilized our website to help raise awareness about the many bills being considered by the General Assembly that could impact public education. Our local legislators often comment about the importance of hearing the perspectives of their constituents and we believe our General Assembly Web page helps promote those discussions. The page also serves as a resource for students and staff where they can learn more about the General Assembly’s legislative process and particular bills that may impact them.”

On November 9, 2017, the Frederick County School Board adopted its 2018 Legislative Priorities. Those priorities include: State Funding for K-12 Education, Assessments and School Accountability, Local Control of Schools and Mandates/Additional Administrative Burdens Unrelated to Quality Instruction.