Education

"No Kid Hungry"
8:39 am
Wed December 17, 2014

VA's First Lady Lends a Hand to End Child Hunger

Credit Drew Central Schools/Share our Strength

A new coalition involving Virginia's First Lady is already seeing results in the effort to reduce childhood hunger across the state. 

Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their “No Kid Hungry” campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. 

Josh Wachs, chief strategy officer with Share Our Strength, says that attention is already feeding some of the one sixth of Virginia's kids who sometimes don't get enough to eat. Wachs says the McAuliffes understand it's not a lack of food, but a lack of outreach and access.

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Moving Forward on Sexual Assault Policies
8:07 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Rolling Stone's UVA Piece: A Teachable Moment for Educators

Credit Rolling Stone Graphic

The story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia has raised a lot of issues.  One is what educators call, ‘a teachable moment.’ 

Katrina Powell is Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech and Associate Professor of English.

"We’ve been teaching these issues and talking about these issues with students for a long time. In fact, women’s and gender studies as a field was founded in part to try to raise awareness of these kinds of issues."

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Research & Development Costs
4:29 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Pricey Equipment in VA's Higher Ed Classrooms

Co-chairs Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and former Delegate Joe May

Virginia universities have invested at least one-billion-dollars in highly sophisticated, expensive equipment for research and development.  Some allow entrepreneurs to have access to that equipment and school expertise for a fee.

A panel of lawmakers and experts is working to craft state policies to expand such opportunities in a way that benefits businesses, universities, and taxpayers.

Inventor and former Delegate Joe May co-chairs the panel. May says businesses may need hi-tech equipment that’s too costly to buy.

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Proposed SOL Changes
3:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Educators Meet to Revise History

The Battle of Ball's Bluff 150th Anniversary
Credit Rob Shenk, Creative Commons

This week and into January, the State Board of Education is holding a series of public hearings on revisions to the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

Board President Christian Braunlich says the standards are updated every seven years, and he hopes the public will take a look at the proposed revisions.

The public hearings will be held at the following locations:

December 2 — Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center, 931
Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville

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VA Commission on Youth
5:02 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Schools Deal with Behavior Problems

Delegate Richard Bell (top row, third from right) and VA Commission on Youth

Virginia schools are increasingly confronted with youth who exhibit challenging behavior.

And while schools sometimes use physical restraint and seclusion to de-escalate a crisis, the state does not have any explicit laws or regulations that govern their use. 

That concerns the Commission on Youth, which is recommending legislation to require the Board of Education to formulate new rules and restrictions.
 

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