Nonfeasance, n.: Failure to Act

Last year, Richmond had the lowest average reading pass rate and the second lowest math pass rate in the state.  At present only seventeen of forty-five Richmond schools (38%) are fully accredited.

Seeing the handwriting on the wall, Richmond this year “requested” a “division-level academic review

§ 22.1-253.13:3.A
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When the Board of Education determines through the school academic review process that the failure of schools within a division to achieve full accreditation status is related to division-level failure to implement the Standards of Quality or other division-level action or inaction, the Board may require a division-level academic review. After the conduct of such review and within the time specified by the Board of Education, each school board shall submit to the Board for approval a corrective action plan, consistent with criteria established by the Board setting forth specific actions and a schedule designed to ensure that schools within its school division achieve full accreditation status.

On November 17, 2016, the Board of Education approved the request.  The minute is unfortunately silent as to the process going forward.  The agenda item for that meeting is more forthcoming:

A division-level Memorandum of Understanding and Corrective Action Plan are
expected to come before the Virginia Board of Education by June 22, 2017.

“Expected.”  There is no actual deadline here for submission of the Plan, much less for getting it executed, notwithstanding the statutory authorization for a time limit.

Indeed, the Plan is only “expected” the month after graduation this year.  There is no attempt here to have a plan submitted and approved and in effect for the 2018 school year.

But, then, we’ve already seen that the Board of “Education” does not know how to fix a broken school division; they admit it
(Sept. 21, 2016 video starting at 1:48).

Indeed, with our Superintendent leaving in June, it’s hard to know whether there can be any realistic Plan before 2019 in any case.

Never mind all those kids whom the awful Richmond schools are damaging: There’s no reason for hurry here.