Virginia’s school boards would have until 2017 to plan for complete student access to electronic textbooks IF they decide to use them … under a bill recommended by a General Assembly advisory panel. The measure aims to close a digital divide that’s already opened up among some students who don’t have access to e-textbooks at home. While the solution is more complex than it seems, panel members say fixing the problem can’t wait.
With regular reports these days about school shootings, you might expect kids to be somewhat nervous, but a new survey shows students in 453 middle schools around the state feel safe - and most like school.
University of Virginia Professor Dewey Cornell polled about 40,000 kids in 7th and 8th grades. He found more than two thirds like school, feel comfortable asking teachers for help with school work, and feel safe. Cornell says two elements were key to those positive findings - structure and support.
Concerns that skyrocketing costs may be driving many Virginia families away from higher education prompted state lawmakers to mandate a study to discover which factors are making tuition and fees so expensive.
In its second in a series of reports, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission broke down the costs of non-academic university services, including athletics, recreation centers, housing, and dining.
Virginia’s School Board Association and the Norfolk Board of Education are suing the state to stop implementation of a new law that would allow Richmond to take over local schools when they consistently fail Standards of Learning tests.
State lawmakers recently approved the establishment of a new organization – the Opportunity Educational Institution or OEI. Its job – to take over the supervision and operation of any local school accredited by the state with a warning for three consecutive years. Barbara Coyle heads the Virginia School Boards Association.