Open Letter to the Citizens of Gloucester County Virginia
Did you get a chance to go to the candidates for the School Board and Board of Supervisors? I did not however, Mr. Thompson has it on his blog for you to enjoy. I found it interesting one of the School Board Candidates and a local lawyer Ms. Hook said our schools are constitutional.
The Virginia Constitution was written for us to limit the government intrusion into our lives. Have you ever read the Constitution of the United States? How about the Constitution of Virginia?
Article VIII (8) Education in the Virginia Constitution covers this.
“Section 1. Public schools of high quality to be maintained.
The General Assembly shall provide for a system of free public elementary and secondary schools for all children of school age throughout the Commonwealth, and shall seek to ensure that an educational program of high quality is established and continually maintained.”
Looking at Section 1 we will have free public schools provided by the General Assembly. Are the schools free? Do you have to pay fees for your children to go to school? Makes me wonder what they are doing with the funding provided by the General Assembly?
“Section 2. Standards of quality; State and local support of public schools….. ….The General Assembly shall determine the manner in which funds are to be provided for the cost of maintaining an educational program meeting the prescribed standards of quality, and shall provide for the apportionment of the cost of such program between the Commonwealth and the local units of government comprising such school divisions. Each unit of local government shall provide its portion of such cost by local taxes or from other available funds.”
Looking at Section 2 I see why we have to pay “….funds are to be provided for the cost of maintaining an educational program meeting the prescribed standards of quality….” Maybe if our school met the required standards we would not have to pay.
As county residents we need to let the school board know we expect the schools to meet the prescribed standards. If the staff is not capable we need to get rid of them and replace them with people that can meet the standards. Is the Kiser too busy looking to make a name for himself with the new swamp school and working on the final solution for our youth that he does not have time to worry about meeting standards? This needs to stop. Meet the standards or get out. This violates your oath of office wanting a .brass plaque with your likeness and name rather than meeting school standards. Are you too busy wheeling and dealing to get the swamp school you cannot meet the obligations of your contract?
I am not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice. Our founding fathers used common sense and Christian scripture when establishing our founding documents.
“For the Common Good. “
Alexander James Jay
P.S. "The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Common-wealths. Almost all Governments have therefore made it a principal Object of their Attention, to establish and endow with proper Revenues, such Seminaries of Learning, as might supply the succeeding Age with Men qualified to serve the Publick with Honour to themselves, and to their Country." --Benjamin Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania, 1749