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Supervisors urged to lobby legislators for SOL reform

Gwynn’s Island resident and retired teacher Judy Rowe passionately urged the Mathews County Board of Supervisors during its Nov. 18 meeting to “plead with our legislators to bring sanity back to education in Virginia.”

Speaking during the public comment period, Rowe told supervisors that the state’s Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements are “stressful to teachers and students to the point of illness and missing days for both.”

“Mathews has terrific, creative and inspiring teachers whose energy and ideas have been suffocated because they are shackled to these constant stressful tests,” said Rowe.

She said that students’ energy and ideas “have been smashed by these oppressive tests.”

“They want to learn more than how to select the right bubble,” she said. “They want to do more than point and click.”

Rowe said that when she was teaching, workbooks were called “kill and drill.” Wit...

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