Virginia school districts

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K-12 Education in Virginia
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Patricia Wright
Number of students: 1,257,883[1]
Number of teachers: 90,832
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:13.8
Number of school districts: 221
Number of schools: 2,170
Graduation rate: 83%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $10,364[3]
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Virginia is home to 221 school districts, 2,270 schools and 1,257,883 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education[5]
    • Christian N. Braunlich, President
    • Winsome E. Sears, Vice President
    • Diane T. Atkinson
    • Dr. Oktay Baysal
    • Dr. Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
    • James H. Dillard
    • Darla Edwards
    • Andrew Ko
    • Joan E. Wodiska

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Virginia as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[6]

Demographic Information for Virginia's K-12 Public School System
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 4,132 0.33% 1.10%
Asian 75,840 6.03% 4.68%
African American 298,931 23.76% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 1,762 0.14% 0.42%
Hispanic 149,272 11.87% 24.37%
White 673,363 53.53% 51.21%
Two or More 54,583 4.34% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

Federal waiver for No Child Left Behind requirements

In July 2014, The U.S. Department of Education granted one-year waivers from some requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act to Virginia and five other states. The Virginia Department of Education first applied for more flexibility under federal education requirements in 2012. The one-year waiver lasts through the 2014-2015 school year and requires the creation of improvement plans to reduce achievement gaps. State education officials need to develop annual objectives for reading and math test scores as well as graduation rates to comply with waiver requirements.[7]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Virginia school board elections, 2014

A total of eight Virginia school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014 for 27 seats. Three districts have scheduled elections for May 6, 2014, while four districts will hold elections on November 4, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about Virginia's school board elections in 2014:

The districts listed below served 272,878 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[8] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Virginia School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Chesapeake Public Schools 5/6/2014 5 9 39,748
Hampton City Schools 5/6/2014 3 7 21,588
Newport News City Public Schools 5/6/2014 4 7 30,488
Arlington Public Schools 11/4/2014 1 5 21,485
Chesterfield County Public Schools 11/4/2014 1 5 59,233
Portsmouth Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 9 14,674
Suffolk Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 14,507
Virginia Beach City Public Schools 11/4/2014 5 11 71,185


Path to the ballot

To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in Virginia, a person must be:[9]

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A citizen of the United States
  • A resident of Virginia for at least one year prior to the election
  • A current resident of the school district

Each candidate must file a Certificate of Candidate Qualification and a Statement of Economic Interests to the city or county's election office.[9]

Campaign finance

State law requires candidates who receive or spend $1,000 or more in an election cycle to file campaign finance reports. A candidate who does not plan on receiving or spending $1,000 or more during an election must file a pre-election and post-election report detailing large contributions. Candidates who receive or spend more than $1,000 must file detailed pre-election and post-election reports. Reports filed electronically are submitted to the state elections board while paper reports are delivered to city or county elections officials.[9]

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