January 27, 2005: Headlines: COS - Central African Republic: School Boards: Education Reform: Election2006 - Garvey: Alexandria Gazette Packe: Libby Garvey begins Run in 45th

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Libby Garvey begins Run in 45th

Libby Garvey begins Run in 45th

Libby Garvey begins Run in 45th

Four Democrats Begin Run in 45th

Democratic campaigns for Van Landingham’s delegate seat begin.

By Stefan Cornibert

January 27, 2005


THE CURRENT CHAIRPERSON of the Arlington School Board, Libby Garvey, announced her candidacy last week, stating that the primary focus of her campaign is education. A PTA activist turned education official, Garvey wants to revamp how the commonwealth addresses the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the federal law she strongly spoke against during her 2004 election campaign.

The way the NCLB is dealt with changes constantly in Richmond, and sometimes, the people casting votes to determine how it is handled don’t quite seem to understand the impact, Garvey said. A lot of the NCLB testing requirements use standards of quality that are woefully out of date.

For an example, Garvey pointed to the testing standards applied to elementary-school students with a limited English proficiency (LEP).

"We require LEP students to take the test on writing, but we’re not testing English-speaking students because we know that they are too young to know how to write," she said.

Foreign-born students, she added, must have the right to in-state tuition if they are awaiting an answer on their immigration status.

"These students come to us as little children," she said. "These are our kids, and seeing them through to completing their education really is in the best interest of this state," she `added.

Turning to taxes, Garvey said that as long as the county struggles to find new ways to create revenue, the issue will be linked to Arlington’s economic growth.

The idea that higher taxes slow growth doesn’t make much sense, she said, and added, "what will slow growth is not using the revenue we have to invest in the future."

Creating a new warning system for residents in her district is also among her legislative goals, as is safeguarding the environment. Garvey said she would support the measure put forth recently by Van Landingham to place tighter regulations on the Mirant Power Plant in Alexandria. On transportation, Garvey said she wants to see a diversified approach to the problems facing her District.

"That means making walkable streets, improving roads, improving the transit system, and really looking at multiple solutions," she said.

© 2003 Connection Newspapers. All Rights Reserved.

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