Education

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Federal legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 has come under fire from Virginia’s Legislative Black Caucus and a coalition of national and state civil rights organizations. The groups assert that both the U.S. House and Senate versions of the reauthorization fail to adequately protect vulnerable student populations. The coalition says both bills roll back the civil rights protections codified in the original law in the wake of the Brown vs. Board of...

Many aspiring college students take time each summer to visit different schools or to take part in orientation at the campus where they’ll study in the fall, but a much older group of visitors has been touring universities in Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University is less than a mile from the state capitol, but 22 members of the House Appropriations committee recently took a bus ride across campus to complete a statewide listening tour focused on higher education. Here’s committee vice...

The National Education Association's 153 rd annual meeting began this week in Orlando, Florida. It's a gathering of thousands of educators from around the country to address pressing issues in the teaching profession. A priority on this year's agenda is the pending re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, most recently re-authorized in 2001 as No Child Left Behind. Virginia Education Association President Meg Gruber is present at the meeting, she says the re-write seeks...

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding massive open online courses at the college level -classes taught online, but the state of Virginia is moving full-speed ahead with an online program for high school students. Last year, more than 12,000 high school students in Virginia took one or more classes online. The state employs 66 teachers who instruct kids. Many of the courses are for advanced placement - things like art history, computer science, calculus or Chinese, but Cheri Kelleher,...

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550 educators and advocates from ten nations gathered in Richmond to exchange ideas about a movement that they call “From STEM to STEAM.” One major goal is to share best practices to attract more girls to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. They say more creativity can help overcome the hurdles that have prevented girls from choosing STEM careers. Keynote speaker Governor McAuliffe said women are greatly underrepresented in STEM professions. They fill nearly half of all...

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