Lawmakers, educators meet for 2016 VSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- School officials from across the state met in Charlottesville for the 2016 Virginia School Board Association Legislative Advocacy Conference on Thursday.

During the conference, school board members, educators and state legislators discussed current issues in the education system and the best practices to go about resolving them.

Republican Delegate Steve Landes of Virginia's 25th district presented the mission of a newly-formed joint committee that's focusing on secondary and elementary education.

Landes, who represents part of Albemarle County, offered his thoughts on the failure of several schools in the division to receive full state accreditation this year.

"It is difficult when you've got a school that's got some challenges to bring them up to speed, so to speak, and sometimes it takes a couple years for the school to be successful," said Landes. "So I think they've made progress. My understanding is that all of the schools are making progress and hopefully by next year they'll be fully accredited."

The new legislative joint committee will look at ongoing revisions of standards of quality and standards of learning in Virginia.

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