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JN BAPTISTE: INVOLVE SENATE IN SCHOOLS APPEAL

Jan. 14, 2002 – Sen. Norman Jn Baptiste wrote to Education Commissioner Ruby Simmonds on Monday saying he wants "at least three" members of the Legislature to take part in an appeals hearing on accreditation of the territory's public high schools that he understands will be held "in the very near future."
He said he has been told that the decision on who will represent the V.I. government at the appeals hearing by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools "is left solely up to the discretion of Gov. Turnbull and youself." As chair of the Senate Education Committee, Jn Baptiste wrote, "I must impress upon you the value of representation and input from the First Branch of government throughout the entire accreditation appeals process."
The Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools advised education authorities in November that the territory's three accredited public high schools — Central, Charlotte Amalie and Ivanna Eudora Kean — would lose their accreditation on Dec. 31, 2001. The Education Department has appealed that decision but also has filed application for the schools to become candidates for new accreditation, a process that typically takes at least a year.
Jn Baptiste also asked Simmonds what her department has done to address the accreditation issue since Senate hearings on the matter on Dec. 3 and 7. "Please advise if meetings have been conducted with the respective principals of each high school, and if a task force has been developed to aggressively resolve all of the Middle States Association's concerns," he wrote.

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