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The Coalition Welcomes And Encourages Your Participation In Helping To Maintain The Valuable School Fine Arts Programs For The Students Of The Commonwealth.

Contact Dr. Staples, Mr. Gecker, and at least one other  member about the HS graduation requirement.
Position statement to right.Sample letter here. Pick a BOE member who resides nearest you. 
All letters (from your home email or address) should be addressed to:
Virginia Board of Education (BOE)
Dr. Stephen Staples – Superintendent of Public Instruction
and - Mr. Daniel A. Gecker – President, Virginia Board of Education (Chesterfield)
And/or additional BOE members:
  • Diane T. Atkinson, Vice President (Hanover)   
  • Kim E. Adkins (Martinsville)                                      
  • Dr. Billy K. Cannaday (Charlottesville)
  • James H. Dillard (Fairfax)
  • Anne B. Holton (Richmond)  
  • Elizabeth Vickrey Lodal (Fairfax)                                               
  • Sal Romero, Jr. (Harrisonburg)                                                                
  • Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson (Richmond)

email here:
Mailing address:
Virginia Board of Education
PO Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218

Please see the Talking Points. This document has contact information, dates and tips. We need as many of you as are able to attend and speak at one of the meetings.

This document is for you to leave behind after you speak (DOCX, PDF).  Make changes, personalize it, add your contact information at the bottom.  Be and advocate for the arts!

  • Through October 6: The Board of Education is accepting public comment on the proposed Standards of Accreditation (PDF) including changes to high school graduation requirements aligned with the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and changes to how schools are accredited. Submit comments to
  •  Update on the Career Investigations Course.  It can be taught in a number of different ways, not just as a stand alone course. In homeroom, study periodsin content course areas too. You can also access the full text of Superintendent’s Memo #187-17.
  • STEM to STEAM Act is in Congress! Contact your congressman in support of this amendment.


Position Statement On A Required Career Investigations Course

Position Statement On Arts & the High School Graduation Requirement

Scheduling Of Remediation and Its Impact On Fine Arts Instruction

Review Statement of NCCAS Standards (February 15, 2014) 

Position on the New Teacher Evaluation Process and the Impact on Fine Arts Teacher Evaluation

Concerns Regarding The Economics and Personal Finance Course Graduation Requirement

K-5 F Full Funding Request II

PE Legislation 2012 Position

8 Steps to Successful Advocacy