Education

Education
8:26 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Changes Ahead for State School Systems?

The Virginia Senate has passed a series of bills to delay or weaken some of the controversial education accountability measures that were enacted in recent years.  

One addresses the policy of grading schools using an A through F system that aimed to make school performance more understandable to parents.

  Other bills would modify the rules governing when schools would be transferred to oversight of the newlycreated Opportunity Educational Institute and cut the number of Standards of Learning assessments.  

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Children & ADHD
4:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

UVA Studies Brain Training Games

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Seven to nine percent of children in the state of Virginia have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – a condition that makes it hard to concentrate. 

Several for-profit companies have developed computer programs which claim to help kids focus, but a review by the University of Virginia’s school of education suggests none of them work.

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Guaging Costs
4:24 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Year-Round School Initiatives

A number of Virginia school systems are supporting a "year-round" school year despite some resistance to the concept by some groups. 

Proponents admit that while it may not work for all school systems, they believe it’s essential to boosting academic achievement, especially in districts with socio-economic challenges.

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Education
3:10 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Colleges Band Together to Save Energy Costs

Five Virginia private liberal arts colleges have joined together to reduce their energy costs. 

Hollins University along with Emory & Henry, Lynchburg, Randolph, and Sweet Briar Colleges are the first such institutions of higher education in Virginia to provide 100 percent renewable electricity to their campuses.

The energy is coming from landfills located around the Commonwealth.  Ingenco captures landfill gas emissions and sends it to the schools.  Emory & Henry spokesman Jesse Freedman says this will enable them to cut their carbon footprint by half.

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SOL Testing Reform
6:23 am
Wed January 15, 2014

VA SOL Testing In Line for Major Changes

Governor McAuliffe called on state lawmakers Monday night to modernize Virginia’s Standards of Learning testing program in the public schools.  Now House Republicans have rolled out their initial plans… and say enacting education reforms will be a long-term project. 

Their comprehensive plan would not only impact the SOLs, but also the array of courses that students can take and teacher compensation.

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