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Honor Schools logo -- shooting stars  Virginia's P-16 Education Council   State Honor Schools logo

As the Commonwealth moves forward on a wide range of education initiatives, it is more important than ever to be sure these efforts are coordinated across the educational continuum.

The various boards responsible for education in Virginia now have a golden opportunity to collaborate on shared issues and problems. Thanks to a National Governors Association Association Honor States Grant, Virginia will formalize its already strong coordination practices through a P-16 Council, which will work to further integrate reforms across the entire spectrum of education, from preschool to graduate school.

Council Authority and Membership

Governor Mark Warner authorized the creation of Virginia's P-16 Council by executive order (EO 100) in October 2005. 

Chaired by the Secretary of Education, the council consists of 19 Governor-appointed members, representing the Virginia legislature, the Department of Education, the State Council of Higher Education, the Virginia Community College System, the Board of Education, the Virginia Community College Board, the State Council of Higher Education, and citizens of the Commonwealth (to include educators, and business and community leaders). You may get a list of current Council members here.

The Council's specific responsibilities include the following.

1. Identify opportunities to better coordinate the state's education reform efforts from preschool to graduate school.
2. Serve as a steering committee for oversight of the state's education reform activities as part of the NGA Honor States Grant.
3. Develop approaches to improve transitions among levels of education, promote student success, and encourage students to continue their education.
4. Consider strategies for data systems that provide information about students at all educational levels.
5. Make any other recommendations as may seem appropriate.

You may also get more detailed information on the Council's purpose and role here.

Council Meetings

The second meeting for the P-16 Council is scheduled for for January 10, 2006 at 2 p.m. in House Room 1 in the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street, Richmond.

Minutes from the kickoff meeting on November 22, 2005 are available here (Word, 57 K).

Redesigning the American High School: Virginia’s NGA Grant

Through its Center for Best Practices, the National Governors Association has selected Virginia as one of 10 states to receive funding through its Honor States Grant Program, which will capitalize on the national momentum to dramatically increase high school graduation rates and improve college readiness for all students.

One role of the P-16 Council will be to provide oversight of the activities undertaken under this grant. Learn more about Virginia's Blueprint for Action Agenda (MS Word, 300 k) and its NGA Grant Proposal (MS Word, 128 k) at the Virginia Honor Schools Grant Program Web site.

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Secretary of Education - Peter Blake
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