Education

Fully Sustainable Classroom Launches in Floyd County

Jun 9, 2016

A 99-year-old, 40-foot green boxcar at Apple Ridge Farm summer camp in Floyd County has been repurposed into a completely sustainable, off-the-grid classroom called EBase USA.

Virginia’s General Assembly has agreed on a budget for the next two years, but Governor Terry McAuliffe is not happy with some parts of the spending plan.  In an exclusive interview, he told WVTF’s Sandy Hausman he wants more cash for certain schools.

Virginia is in for several more weeks of winter, but spring fashions are on display in stores.  Most were designed in big, international cities like Paris or New York, but a growing number actually originated here in the Commonwealth.  In the first part of our series, Sandy Hausman looks at why clothing design is taking root in Richmond. 

The fashion runways of New York are more than 300 miles from Virginia’s capital city, but in the 21st century, cities have grown closer.  E.P. Cutler is a best-selling author and fashion historian.

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According to a new poll from the Virginia Education Association, almost three quarters of Virginians say teachers in the state don’t make enough money. It looks like teachers will be getting a raise in this year’s budget...but the question is how much.

Virginia’s teachers make almost $7,000 below the the national average. And that’s making it hard for the state to attract, and keep, teachers in the classroom -- says Meg Gruber with the Education Association.

A new exhibit at the Blacksburg Children’s Museum features satellite imagery of the area and a real time weather station to show how geography and climate are related.  

The terrain in and around Blacksburg is breathtaking with its mountain ridges, forests and waterways. 

And, the view from hundreds of miles up is a great way to appreciate it. 

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