Roanoke School administrators say yesterday’s announcement of full state academic accreditation of every city school is more than historic — it is the direct result, they say, of support for schools through the “Eat for Education” meals tax increase. More from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/08-24-Roanoke-Schools-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=08-24 Roanoke Schools Wrap1-WEB]
Superintendent Rita Bishop says when the meals tax was approved last spring, schools hastily geared up for a bigger summer school program — a program she says directly impacted this year’s SOL test scores and resulting academic accreditation of all city schools.
This year, with more time to prepare, Roanoke Schools conducted a much larger summer school; 2,300 students attended the July sessions. Bishop believes we’ll see corresponding results next spring.
Administrators say Eat for Education has given them chance to successfully improve student achievement while making longer-term adjustments to less state funding.