Education

Education
5:27 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Giving Kids Access to Digital Textbooks

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.

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UVA Education Study
1:53 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

On the Minds of Middle-Schoolers.....

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.
 

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JLARC Report
4:33 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Cost Drivers in Higher Education

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. 

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Tax Credit Program
6:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

VA Tax Credit Supports Private School Scholarships

A new program is rolling out that provides tax credits for scholarship donations to private schools in Virginia.

Passed by the 2012 Virginia General Assembly Session, The Education Improvements Scholarships Tax Credit Program has significant support from non-public, faith-based schools.
 

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Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI)
5:15 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Virginia School Boards Association Claims Policy Violates State Constitution

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.

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