Virginia Beach, Virginia (WAVY) – A member of the local school board was removed from the governor’s working group on education after controversial comments that students are learning English as a second language.
A comment made by Virginia Beach School Board member Victoria Manning was reviewed last week after she said “continuing to teach South Americans is not sustainable.”
Manning posted a four-statement statement on her personal Facebook page, citing an increase in student numbers – and funding needed from the budget – in the Department of English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
On Monday, Virginia officials issued a statement saying Manning had been removed from Governor Glen Yangkin’s working group on innovation education and lab schools.
“We totally condemn Mrs Manning’s comments. They are absolutely unacceptable and are in absolute opposition to the Yangkin administration’s drive to educate and prepare every child in the Commonwealth for success in life. Victoria Manning will no longer participate in our working group, ”Virginia Education Minister Amy Gooder said in a statement issued by the governor’s office.
10 On Your Side on Monday appealed directly to Manning, who directed reporters to a statement on her website.
Manning did not say what she meant by that message, but on her company’s website, Manning posted a statement about ESL teaching in schools.
Manning said it was due to a shortage of teachers and funding, as well as increasing needs under the ESL program. She said meeting the upcoming need is volatile given the staffing level and the level of funding.
Her message on social media last week came after a briefing on the district ESL program during a board meeting.
“This year, VBCPS has failed to fill more than 100 teaching positions. The problem became apparent when the administration recommended that teachers lead an additional class. Teachers are already overburdened with their workload, and they are forced to continue to take on more and more work, which is unbearable, ”Manning wrote.
The number of students in the Virginia Beach City ESL Public Schools program increased from 1768 in 2020-21 to 2084 in the current academic year.
The Superintendent is asking for more than $ 800,000 for eight additional full-time positions for the 2022-23 academic year and for a review of current contracts for 10 months.
Manning also said her statement on social media was distorted to benefit her political opponents.