Educational Editorial: Morrissey and Governor's School

By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Delegate Joe Morrissey held a press conference recently to highlight his concern that Richmond is dishonestly using the SAT scores of the Maggie Walker Governor's School to inflate the average scores foBy Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist the city.

While Del Morrissey clearly has a point of concern, the debate provoked by his press conference must have the fact-o-meter bouncing around the proverbial "bb" in a trash can.

First, the Maggie Walker Governor's School, having just celebrated its 20th anniversary, is outstanding. At its inception, superintendents were concerned about "creaming" their strong students and insisted that the scores be returned to the home schools.

This policy established Maggie Walker as a "program" of each of the participating school divisions and disqualified it from recognition as one of the best "schools" in America.

While I certainly participated in this deal, 20 years seems to have been enough time to find a fair solution to the problem.

The most obvious is to count the scores both at the Governor's and home schools. Actually, these students spent their first nine years in the participating division and their last four at Maggie Walker.

Now for Richmond, its only ownership is that the City serves as the fiscal agent, its location, and its students attend. The largest number comes from Chesterfield.

Del. Morrissey is correct -- the City has done little to contribute to the performance of the students in the Governor's School except for those that it sends.

Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover do not count all of the Governor's School scores in their averages…and Richmond shouldn't either.

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