FCPS Launches 2017 General Assembly Web Page

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County Public Schools has launched a 2017 General Assembly Web page in anticipation of the 2017 General Assembly session convening in Richmond tomorrow (January 11). 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 2017 General Assembly Web page includes an overview of this year’s General Assembly session, information on how a bill becomes a law, a synopsis of the bills that have been introduced in the General Assembly this year that could impact Frederick County Public Schools, contact information for Frederick County’s representatives in the state legislature and the School Board’s 2017 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. By clicking on any of 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, “Public engagement is an important component of good government and we view our General Assembly Web page as a way to help foster discussion about education policy. This is the seventh year that our school division has utilized its website to help raise awareness about the many bills being considered by the General Assembly that could impact public education. When we meet with local legislators, they often comment on the importance of hearing the perspectives of their constituents. The 2017 General Assembly Web page we’ve developed is very informative and helpful to those with an interest in education policy as well as those who have children or work in public education. It also offers students the opportunity to learn more about the General Assembly’s legislative process and particular bills that may impact them.”