Education

Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success
4:57 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Children's Cabinet

Sec. Bill Hazel

Governor McAuliffe has signed two executive orders to create a new framework within his administration to potentially help more children succeed. 

The goal is to develop, implement, and prioritize a policy agenda related to health, poverty, safety, education, nutrition, and housing.  

The plan is to coordinate and strengthen public services on all levels —with a special focus on at-risk children in high-poverty communities.
 

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Beyond Standardized Testing
3:55 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Alternative Assessments

Now that the state has cut back on the number of standards of learning tests administered in grades three through eight, officials in Richmond are looking for new ways to make sure kids are learning. 

They’ll meet August 18th to explore alternatives.

Many parents cheered when the state legislature eliminated five SOL tests, and teachers are also pleased according to Meg Gruber – President of the Virginia Education Association.

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Education
7:15 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Investigation into Virginia Public Schools' Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraint

The U.S. Department of Education has singled out two Virginia schools for routinely putting students in isolation or physically restraining them in response to misbehavior, and a recent investigation by ProPublica identified Virginia as one of several states that have few safeguards for students.  

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25th Annual Kids Count Survey
8:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

"Kids Count" Survey Results Released

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has just released its 25th annual Kids Count survey. And while Virginia has made progress in the areas of education and overall health, it still suggests that more children are living in impoverished homes and lack the community make-up or family foundation to help increase their likelihood of living successful lives. 

    

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JLARC Report
5:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Virginia 529 College Savings Plan

While parents look for more affordable ways to send their kids to college, many are seeking information about the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan. A  new briefing by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission suggests that the state’s Plan may be one of the most viable and sustainable options.

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