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New State School Division Laws
4:59 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Changes in the Classroom

A new state school division to manage some underperforming schools is NOT the only change to public education to be approved this year by state lawmakers. 

An array of new laws to revise some programs and expand others will soon take effect. 

Under one law, schools must add early reading intervention services for kindergarten, first and second grades, AND algebra readiness intervention for sixth through ninth grades.  Parents will receive clear, A-through-F report cards to rate local schools under a second law—sponsored by Delegate Tag Greason.

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Hydraulic Mills Community
4:44 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Cemetery is in the Path of Route 29 Bypass

Map showing the location of the Hydraulic Mills community.
Credit African American Families Database

The Virginia Department of Transportation has cleared another speed bump in its drive to build a bypass to Route 29 through Albemarle County. 

Those who oppose the 29 bypass have made many arguments.  Some think the project, which VDOT predicts will cost about $240 million is too expensive for the limited time drivers would save.  Others worry about the impact on health from a six-mile road that would pass by six schools, while a third group feared trucks with hazardous cargo could pass too close to the city’s water supply. 

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Noah Adams, long-time co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, brings more than three decades of radio experience to his current job as a contributing correspondent for NPR's National Desk., focusing on the low-wage workforce, farm issues, and the Katrina aftermath. Now based in Ohio, he travels extensively for his reporting assignments, a position he's held since 2003.

Virginia Education Association
3:49 pm
Mon April 8, 2013


WVTF/RADIO IQ general manager Glenn Gleixner credits the Virginia Education Association grant supporting Virginia Public Radio for making "this important, high-quality service even better.” This partnership of the state’s major public radio stations "enables all of us to offer more substantive reports and features,” Gleixner added.

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Arts & Culture
12:28 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Glass Haus Kitchen

A Charlottesville chef has won a kind of lottery, but he didn’t buy a ticket -- and he could have lost big.  For Chef Ian Boden, flavorful food is a lifelong obsession.  Now, he runs Charlottesville’s newest gourmet restaurant,  Glass Haus Kitchen.

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Melody wakes up very early in the morning to produce regional content for Morning Edition. She began at VPR as a part-time production assistant and was promoted to full-time in 2007. She has also served as a news and editorial assistant for The Burlington Free Press. After graduating from Skidmore College, she spent a year in France working as a high school teaching assistant. Melody grew up on a dairy farm in Addison County. She spends her free time gardening, cooking, and being outside as much as possible.