Researchers at Virginia Tech have come up with a plan for a new kind of helmet for construction workers that can monitor their exposure to carbon monoxide and warn them before it becomes dangerous.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning kills hundreds of Americans each year and sends thousands more to the hospital. Construction workers face an especially high risk because they often work in enclosed spaces where exhaust from gasoline-powered hand tools can build up fast.
A special panel of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council has declined to endorse legislation to require the State Corporation Commission to comply with many provisions of Virginia’s open-government laws.
The Rights and Remedies subcommittee took up the issue at the request of a Fairfax Delegate who believes that many of the SCC’s activities are too shielded from the public.
For some kids, this summer was all about relaxing and having fun, but for 165 students from Virginia high schools, it was a time for some hard mental work.
They gave up their cell phones, laptops and iPads to take part in the annual Language Academy at Washington and Lee – hearing and speaking only French, Spanish or German and – through that language – learning one more language.
Standards of Learning pass rates are now posted—and Virginia students posted gains in math SOL tests that were new two years ago.
But as officials predicted, scores on new, more rigorous English and science tests dropped, according to the data.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says students are now being challenged by the standards to achieve new levels of mastery at each grade level. She says the online-writing component is a very different approach than the traditional multiple-choice tests often associated with SOLs.