VASS Secretary/Treasurer and Fairfax Superintendent Scott Brabrand asked the Governor to consider:
- preserving the SOQ rebenchmarking money in the budget:
- not making changes to formula-based funding
- providing flexibility with Lottery funding
- using Federal stimulus money to preserve existing staff positions, support technology, and provide social-emotional support
Former VASS President and Charlottesville Superintendent Rosa Atkins asked the Governor to maintain his focus on equity. She expressed her concern that the most challenged students needed both social –emotional support and academic support so that they did not slide backwards in their performance during the next few months.
Keith Perrigan, Leader of the Coalition of Small and Rural Schools in Virginia and Bristol City Superintendent, asked the Governor to preserve the at-risk add-on funding in the budget and to provide recognition and support for teachers. Governor Northam suggested that perhaps he could do a video thanking Virginia’s teachers.
Finally, VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser requested that the Governor work with the members of Virginia’s Congressional Delegation to provide relief on federal regulations in IDEA and to recognize the Regional Superintendents of the Year and the Virginia Superintendent of the Year in a ceremony at an appropriate time. The Governor said that he would work with Secretary of Education’s office to explore the possibility of a recognition ceremony.