DANVILLE — The Danville school board on Monday took advantage of an opportunity to express concerns to state Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl.
Ruhl was at the meeting in order to present a House congratulatory resolution commending Danville High School for attaining an excellent rating on the 2011-12 school report card. Then, Treasurer Mary Payne told the News on Tuesday, the board spoke up.
Payne said the board expressed concern and opposition to the proposed expansion of the school voucher program and anything that pulls public taxpayer dollars away from public schools. Board members also talked about the difficulties connected with the third-grade reading guarantee. Specifics have not been established by the legislature; schools have not received an approved list of vendors for the materials and tests which must be completed by September 30. The board said districts have to have time to purchase the materials and train the teachers, which is complicated by the fact that school is out for the summer.
Payne said the board also discussed the school funding part of the not-yet-passed biennium budget, which is in conference committee.
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