Capitol Contact ALERT – Oppose Exempting School Boards from Obtaining Authorization from the Local Governing Body

January 29, 2018

SB 440 (Wexton) exempts elected local school boards from receiving prior authorization from their local governing body prior to instituting any legal action against another government body.

Action Required – Contact your Senators now to oppose SB 440. The bill is scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor today (Monday, January 29) for second reading.

TALKING POINTS

  • Currently, all school boards must receive authorization from their local governing body before instituting any legal action or expending any funds towards such legal action.
  • Most of the school boards – more than 82 percent – are elected and not appointed.
  • The bill is a dramatic policy change that affects most local governing bodies negatively, both financially and in their relationships and interactions with other governmental entities.
  • The local governing body is responsible for appropriation of funds to the school board and should be involved in this type of decision.

KEY CONTACTS

Senate of Virginia

VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.

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