Education http://wvtf.org en Virginia 529 College Savings Plan http://wvtf.org/post/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 http://wvtf.org Virginia 529 College Savings Plan 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 Book Features History of the Virginia Education Association http://wvtf.org/post/new-book-features-history-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 http://wvtf.org New Book Features History of the Virginia Education Association Back in the Classroom http://wvtf.org/post/back-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 http://wvtf.org Back in the Classroom Issues for Educators http://wvtf.org/post/issues-educators <p></p><p>Nearly 9,000 educators from across the U.S. are gathered in Denver this week for the National Education Association’s 152nd Annual Meeting.&nbsp; Virginia alone has about 200 representatives attending.</p><p></p><p><br />Meg Gruber is the president of the Virginia Education Association, and says one of the most critical topics to be discussed at this year’s annual meeting and representative assembly, is the much criticized standardized testing.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:11:45 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 23709 at http://wvtf.org Issues for Educators