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Government Relations

Photo of Legislators tour ROTEC and talking with studentsLegislation at the local, state, and national level directly impacts public school systems and our students.  The CSGRO works with elected officials to help convey the needs of Roanoke City Public Schools students and staff so, as legislation is drafted, RCPS is a partner in the conversation and can advocate on behalf of our stakeholders.  

Click here to download the Roanoke City Public Schools Legislative Priorities & Key Positions.

Click here for White Papers highlighting the local impact of select educational priorities.

Click here for information on RCPS' use of Pandemic Relief Funding

Key Positions

Roanoke City Public Schools is always working to ensure students have access and opportunity to fully participate in their education, allowing them to reach their full potential.  This includes advocating for the elimination of outdated laws and regulations that have not kept pace with innovation and are barriers for our students, families, and educators.

Each year, the General Assembly considers numerous issues of importance to the Commonwealth’s public-school students and to the school employees who deliver the promise of a high-quality public education.  We urge legislators to contact the School Board or Superintendent whenever local data and insight may inform policymaking in Richmond.

The Key Positions presented here are intended to provide brief summaries with local context on select topics including:

  • Local Control Teaching and learning are complex processes.  While public education is a national priority and a state responsibility, it is ultimately a local function.  The Roanoke City School Board urges state and federal government leaders to create conditions that facilitate innovation by supporting School Board authority and enabling decisions to remain local.
  • Elimination of the Support Staff Cap – The Roanoke City School Board urges the General Assembly to adopt a state budget that fully funds its commitment to teaching and learning. When controlled for inflation, the current budget for FY 2021 provides $161 less per pupil than FY 2009. A significant factor in this trend is the Support Staff Cap implemented to close the budget gap during the Great Recession that shifted state funding responsibility to localities.
  • Employee Compensation – Teacher compensation in Virginia significantly lags behind the national average. In comparison the Commonwealth is far above average in terms of economic capacity.  In addition to teachers, competitiveness for other employee groups is lagging significantly, i.e., CDL drivers for school buses.  Additional state funding is necessary for divisions to recruit and retain quality employees in all areas of school operations.
  • Assessment Reform – The Commonwealth of Virginia has successfully implemented and evaluated performance-based assessments in multiple grade-levels and content-areas. With these superior assessments in place, the General Assembly is encouraged to reduce the wide-scale use of fixed-response assessments, such as 1990’s era SOL tests, to the Federal Minimum.

White Papers

The one-page white papers below provide a quick glimpse at select educational priorities, providing a local perspective, allowing you to better understand the impact on your constituents.

Pandemic Relief Funding

For information on how RCPS has used pandemic relief funding download either the Word or PDF version of the files below:

Contact Information

Photo of Dr. Seibert
H. Alan Seibert, Ed.D.

Constituent Services and Government Relations Officer
(540) 853.2007  |  [email protected]

40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 Phone 540-853-2502