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State Board of Education president brings listening tour to Northern Virginia Thursday


Virginia Board of Education President David M. Foster (Virginia Department of Education)

Virginia Board of Education President David M. Foster is bringing his around-the-state listening tour to Northern Virginia on Thursday, with a stop in Fauquier County.

Foster’s goal is to visit all eight of Virginia’s educational administrative regions by the end of the year. He and board member Winsome Sears will host a forum on education issues Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kettle Run High School in Nokesville.

The Northern Virginia region is a wide-ranging, diverse area, including 14 counties and five cities stretching from the Shenandoah Valley to the suburban districts surrounding Washington.

“I look forward to a frank discussion that includes rural, suburban and urban perspectives on how the Board of Education should move forward on legislation from the 2013 General Assembly, the Standards of Learning program and other important work before us,” Foster said.

The State Board of Education, with nine governor-appointed members, is charged with establishing curriculum and accountability standards for schools and licensure requirements for teachers and principals.

Foster, an Arlington resident and former Arlington School Board member, was appointed to his first term in 2010, and he became president in February 2012.

Northern Virginia is the third stop on his tour. He visited Franklin County in March and Hampton Roads in April.

In case you are wondering if your schools are included: Region 4 includes Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren counties and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester.

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