Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Opinion

February 16, 2010

Education issues abound in Va.

The Third Congressional District mobile office will make several stops in Mercer County on Thursday, Feb. 25. The mobile office will be at the Lashmeet Post Office from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., at the Matoaka Post Office from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Rock Post Office between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. A member of Congressman Nick Joe Rahall’s staff will be available to assist constituents with questions or problems they may be experiencing with a federal government agency or a federal program such as the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service or Medicare. Residents may also send a message to Rahall or share their views on legislation or federal issues.

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Tazewell County School Board member David Woodard mentioned that the school budget is a topic of concern. Woodard noted that apparently there was not much communication concerning the school systems in the transition between the administration of the Commonwealth’s former governor, Democrat Tim Kaine, and present governor, Republican Bob McDonnell. According to Woodard, there were some recommendations concerning school funding, however the new administration may not be obligated to follow them. McDonnell and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling campaigned on a promise that would dramatically increase money for Virginia’s teachers and students by $480 million a year, without a tax increase by focusing on putting more education dollars directly into the classroom.

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Woodard also noted the Tazewell County School Board is considering several options to deal with the school days missed due to the snowstorms. Among the options being considered is a plan to lengthen the school day by 30 to 60 minutes. In order to do that, the school board will have to obtain an exemption to count classroom hours of instruction rather than days of instruction to meet the required standards.

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