The head of the Virginia Board of Education is continuing his statewide listening tour with stops in southwest Virginia. Board President David Foster will begin a two-day visit on Thursday to schools in Washington and Wythe counties. Officials say the tour is designed to give parents, teachers, local school board members, administrators and others an opportunity to express their views on issues facing the state’s public schools. The board is responsible for setting policies for public schools, including establishing curriculum and accountability standards for schools and licensure requirements for educators. Foster plans to visit all eight of Virginia’s educational administrative regions by the end of the year along with a fellow board member on each stop. He’s visited four regions so far.