Ahead of next week's start of the Virginia General Assembly Session, GOP lawmakers are rolling out new initiatives in public education.
One reform is a revamped version of an unpopular law—which they say should be more useful to parents and stakeholders.
GOP Delegates say they want to help students develop real-world, critical thinking skills—which are not achieved through multiple-choice testing. In order to do that, House Majority Leader Kirk Cox says more teacher professional development is needed, including a process to share best practices.
Last fall's controversial handcuffing and shackling of a Greene County pre-schooler might have been prevented by a new bill that could soon make its way through the General Assembly.
Delegate Dickie Bell will introduce a measure calling on the state’s Education Department to regulate the use of restraints on students. His bill was already in the works when he heard that an officer had cuffed and shackled a four-year-old.
Now that President Obama has announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba, some people are planning a trip, and students from the University of Virginia could be among the first to visit since the White House announcement. A look at what they’ll be doing and why.
Even before the administration said it would end a trade embargo on Cuba, 26 students from the Darden School of Business were packing their bags for a week of sun and research. They leave from Miami early next year on board a charter flight.
A new coalition involving Virginia's First Lady is already seeing results in the effort to reduce childhood hunger across the state.
Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their “No Kid Hungry” campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.
Josh Wachs, chief strategy officer with Share Our Strength, says that attention is already feeding some of the one sixth of Virginia's kids who sometimes don't get enough to eat. Wachs says the McAuliffes understand it's not a lack of food, but a lack of outreach and access.