The Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) recently awarded Delegate Chris Peace their annual “Child Advocate of the Year” award during the association’s annual meeting. VCPE President, George J. McVey presented the award citing Delegate Peace’s commitment to improve the lives of children in the educational system and beyond. VCPE recognized Delegate Peace’s work to allow public schools more tools to mirror the successes found in private education: access to electronic curriculum and textbooks; access to single-sex education; and access to alternative educational programs.
Delegate Peace has also introduced bills to simplify the adoption process, to enhance penalties for stalking victims under 18 and to ensure adequate representation of juvenile offenders in courts. His service on the Courts of Justice and Health, Welfare and Institutions Committees allows Delegate Peace to have a significant role in determining policy that affects the health and safety of Virginia’s children.
“I am humbled to be recognized by VCPE for my legislative record. My responsibility as a state delegate is to work to make my district and the Commonwealth a better place to live, work and raise a family. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve and will continue to work with my colleagues to improve our great Commonwealth and to further protect our greatest asset, our children,” stated Peace.
The Virginia Council for Private Education was organized in 1974 and is a statewide organization recognized by the Virginia Board of Education to approve the accreditation processes for private schools in the Commonwealth. Seventeen different associations currently comprise the 2009-2010 VCPE membership. Thirteen of these associations have VCPE approved accreditation processes that are in turn, recognized by the Virginia Board of Education.
All VCPE member associations must be non-profit and have a racially nondiscriminatory membership policy.