Standards of Learning http://wvtf.org en SOL Innovation Committee Begins Work http://wvtf.org/post/sol-innovation-committee-begins-work <p>Governor McAuliffe's Standards of Learning Innovation Committee has held its inaugural meeting, and its members now have their marching orders.&nbsp;</p><p>One of their long-term goals is revise the school standards to be more interesting and far more inclusive.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:49:01 +0000 Tommie McNeil 24416 at http://wvtf.org SOL Innovation Committee Begins Work New Laws On the Books http://wvtf.org/post/new-laws-books <p></p><p>A broad bipartisan and bicameral consensus at the General Assembly may not create sensational headlines—but such agreements do occur.&nbsp; In Part One of our series on new state laws that take effect this week.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:20:19 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 23622 at http://wvtf.org New Laws On the Books Roanoke Students Learn about Weather http://wvtf.org/post/roanoke-students-learn-about-weather <p>A Virginia Tech doctoral student’s project to feed low income residents of Roanoke has grown to include elementary schools, students, and teachers.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Tammy Parece’s doctoral project sounded simple enough.&nbsp; She wanted to find the best locations to establish community gardens in Roanoke to help eliminate hunger.&nbsp; The perfect locations must have temperatures cool enough to support a garden.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:13:15 +0000 Beverly Amsler 19090 at http://wvtf.org Roanoke Students Learn about Weather The Virginia General Assembly Agrees on Education Reforms http://wvtf.org/post/virginia-general-assembly-agrees-education-reforms <p>It appears that while state lawmakers have lots of work to do in hashing out a compromise over Medicaid, they HAVE made some progress with education reforms that relate to the budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;The General Assembly revised the Standards of Learning assessments, charter school enrollment policy, and the process to measure schools using an A through F grading system.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:45:44 +0000 Tommie McNeil 18477 at http://wvtf.org The Virginia General Assembly Agrees on Education Reforms Virginia School Boards Association Claims Policy Violates State Constitution http://wvtf.org/post/virginia-school-boards-association-claims-policy-violates-state-constitution <p>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.</p><p>State lawmakers recently approved the establishment of a new organization – the Opportunity Educational Institution or OEI.&nbsp; Its job – to take over the supervision and operation of any local school accredited by the state with a warning for three consecutive years.&nbsp; Barbara Coyle heads the Virginia School Boards Association.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:15:46 +0000 Sandy Hausman 9591 at http://wvtf.org Virginia School Boards Association Claims Policy Violates State Constitution