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Fluvanna School Board Rivanna District 22

Fluvanna County School Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for every student to achieve maximum intellectual, social,emotional, and physical growth and to ensuring that each student be equipped to communicate effectively with other people, to be competent both in the workplace and in higher education, and to feel confident of the ability to make creative and constructive decisions in his/her life.
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  • Tyler M. Pieron (I)

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    Shirley S. Stewart (I) Educator

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What policies or programs would you advocate to close opportunity gaps among children in your division and to establish greater equity and access to learning resources for all students?

What steps would you take as a school board member to return state aid to previous levels to provide for more of the costs of local education to be paid from a more diverse tax base than simply local real estate taxes?

For more than 25 years, the way in which student academic performance is measured by the state has been Standards of Learning (SOL) tests, often multiple choice and taken for a few hours on one day. Recently, the state has suggested in might consider other ways in which to measure academic performance. This could include completion of special projects or student portfolios of their work over several years. Would you favor the end of SOL testing in favor of alternate assessments like completion of special projects or student portfolios of their work over several years.? What is the best way to measure student academic performance?

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Poverty is the foundational problem that needs to be addressed in our County to close the opportunity gap. While there are policies in place to identify disadvantaged students, more can be done to meet their needs. Students who come to school hungry need to be fed. Many homes in Fluvanna do not have access to broadband and miss out on communication from the schools. We must provide equal opportunities to all students, which may entail less reliance on the internet for ongoing communication.
We need to foster collaboration with local businesses. Our Career and Technical Education programs can partner with them to provide mentorships for students. Our schools can work with local farms to bring fresh products into the schools and teach students the value of living in an agricultural community. It is important to build working relationships with our state legislators throughout the year to keep them informed of issues that impact Fluvanna so they understand the needs of our schools.
I repeatedly hear that there is too much testing in our schools. We can look to other states for assessment programs that work. How one tests students will affect the kind of instruction that needs to take place, which in turn will influence curriculum and instruction. If the state of Virginia is willing to explore how the use of student portfolios or project based learning will impact the need for different types of assessment, then I would favor moving away from SOL testing.

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