Education en "Kids Count" Survey Results Released <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:12:41 +0000 Tommie McNeil 24788 at "Kids Count" Survey Results Released Virginia 529 College Savings Plan <p></p><p>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&nbsp; 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.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:26:56 +0000 Tommie McNeil 24482 at Virginia 529 College Savings Plan 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 SOL Innovation Committee Begins Work New Book Features History of the Virginia Education Association <p></p><p>The Virginia Education Association got its starts in the middle of the Civil War.&nbsp; The story of the VEA’s last 150 years is told in a book set for release next month.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:09:02 +0000 Joe Staniunas 24404 at New Book Features History of the Virginia Education Association Back in the Classroom <p></p><p>Last month, millions of kids in Virginia collected their high school diplomas.&nbsp; The nation is at an all-time high, with 80% of students completing 12<sup>th</sup> grade.&nbsp; For those who did <u>not</u> get a degree, there’s another option.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Each year, about 800 students take night-time classes, twice a week, at the Adult Learning Center in Charlotteville.&nbsp; Beyan Johnson is a 35-year-old refugee from Liberia who has a full-time job, but wanted to set an example for his four children.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:54:31 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24332 at Back in the Classroom