Tommie McNeil

Reporter, Richmond Bureau

Tommie McNeil is a State Capitol reporter who has been covering Virginia and Virginia politics for more than a decade. He originally hails from Maryland, and also doubles as the evening anchor for 1140 WRVA in Richmond.

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Education
1:49 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Revising SOL "Cut" Scores

The State Board of Education is moving forward with proposed "cut" or passing scores for Standards of Learning.

The new cut scores are to help implement more rigorous standards to promote college and career readiness.

Depending on the subject, the cut scores will be applied to grades three, five, and eight for Science and grades five and eight for other subjects.

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State Board of Education
4:33 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Changes for Online Educators

No action has been taken yet, but next month when the Virginia State Board of Education meets, it will discuss establishing new licensing requirements for educators who teach only online courses. 

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Effects of Sequestration
4:22 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The Future of Public Housing

The Chair of the Virginia Housing Commission says the future of public housing will be the panel’s primary focus for this year, as thousands of the Commonwealth’s children, families, and veterans could be homeless within months—as a result of sequestration.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones says federal sequestration has resulted in 5% reductions in nearly all of HUD's programs—and that translates to the non-renewal of homeless assistance grants and vouchers to more than 125,000 individuals:
 

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Americans with Disabilities Act
4:55 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

More Group Homes for the Disabled

When Department of Justice told Virginia that it must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in caring for the intellectually and developmentally disabled, the state reached a compromise.

The plan was to close four of its institutions and provide thousands of waiver slots through Medicaid for community-based housing. Now, the major stakeholders have met to evaluate the plan’s progress.

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Transportation
8:51 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Weighing in on Transportation Funding

While Virginians wait for the dust to settle and lawmakers breathe a sigh of relief that the transportation funding battle is over, the nonprofit Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has combed through the rubble to examine its effects. 

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