- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - An education advocacy group is urging the Norfolk School Board to reconsider its plan to spend more than $120,000 on travel during the next school year.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (https://bit.ly/1WuFtCw ) that Norfolk GAINS says in an open letter to the board that the money could cover the salaries of two teachers or four bus drivers.

The board plans to attend conferences in Miami, Denver, Atlanta and other places. It also will attend several training sessions in Virginia. The travel expenses are largely responsible for a 60 percent increase in the board’s operational spending while cuts are being made elsewhere.

Board members say they need to travel for networking and training on how to deal with challenges faced by the academically struggling schools.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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