Education

The SOL Debate Continues
8:01 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Civics and Social Studies in Question at VA Schools

Many teachers, parents, and policymakers have agreed that the state's Standards of Learning have forced classroom instruction to be geared toward test-taking, rather than developing more comprehensive learning skills. But as the SOLs are being revised, some are concerned that Social Studies-and ultimately the lessons that teach children civic engagement-are being minimized too much. 

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30% of Schools Come Up Short
2:05 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fewer VA Schools Receive Full Accreditation

State education officials say more than 30% of Virginia’s public school did not meet full accreditation standards last year.

Here’s how the numbers break down from the Department of Education:

68% of the state’s 1827 schools were fully accredited based on Standards of Learning test results.  That’s down from 77% the previous year, and 93% two years ago.

The number of schools “accredited with warning” increased from 393 to 545.

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Policy Change Request
4:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Controversy over Chapstick

Stuarts Draft Elementary School student Grace Karaffa appears before the Augusta County School Board.
Credit Bob Stuart/The News Virginian

An Augusta County fifth grader is using the democratic process to try and get Chapstick allowed back into her elementary school. 

Eleven-year-old Grace Karaffa was playing on the school playground when her lips started bleeding.  She asked her teacher for some Chapstick but the teacher said no.

“Later that day they started to bleed again and I asked for Chapstick again and they said it was against the school policy.  They said it was some sort of medicine and it’s not because it’s just a little stick of vasoline.”

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Education
11:09 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Richmond Schools Develop Policies for Non-English Speakers

Richmond Public Schools are making it easier for non-English speaking parents and their students to have full access to education. 

It started with a Spanish-speaking parent whose middle school-age child faced expulsion.

“She wasn’t able to appeal or provide additional information because her notice was sent in English.”

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Education
6:15 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Mary Lou Smith: Professor Preserving Virginia Intermont College's Legacy

This May, Virginia Intermont College in Bristol closed its doors after 130 years - leaving thousands of alumni without an alma mater and hundreds of students to complete their degrees elsewhere. Mary Lou Smith spent her entire adult life at the school, and she’s in the process of compiling a history book to preserve the school’s legacy.

It’s safe to say, that after 60 years, Mary Lou Smith was a fixture at Virginia Intermont College.

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