8:08 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Grading Virginia's Schools - A Failing Idea?

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In Virginia, lawmakers are taking action to REPEAL a system of assigning every school in the commonwealth with a letter grade.  

Is your neighborhood elementary school an A school? Or would it earn a C? Parents may never know because lawmakers are moving forward with an effort to spike a system that would have issued a grade to each school. It's an idea that dates back two years ago, when the General Assembly passed the original effort. Then last year they delayed it. Now the House Education Committee is moving forward with an effort to kill it. 

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Common Core
7:50 am
Thu January 29, 2015

General Assembly Debates Common Core

Senator Janet Howell argues against the bill.

The Virginia Senate has postponed a final vote on legislation that would prohibit the state from adopting the national Common Core standards for public education without prior approval of the General Assembly.  The standards have been widely adopted by states but have come under fire—in part, for their mandatory, one-size-fits-all approach.  

Bill supporters argued that it doesn’t stop the state from adopting Common Core, but merely requires the input of lawmakers.  Senator Tom Garrett said under the state SOLs, student achievement is already among the best in the nation. 

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10:02 am
Wed January 28, 2015

VEA & PTA "Put Kids First" Campaign

VEA President Meg Gruber and Va PTA President Brenda Sheridan.

The Virginia PTA and the Virginia Education Association have joined together to launch a new public awareness campaign called “Put Kids First."

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Students Speak Out
7:38 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Lower Rates for Higher Education


About two dozen college students gathered in Richmond this week to demand lower rates for higher education.   

Among them, John Maggi, who studies at the University of Virginia. 

“In the United States, privilege is kind of what determines your educational status, especially when it comes to higher education and universities.”

Scott LeCates, an organizer with the teachers’ association in Roanoke, said debt was crippling college graduates – especially those who had chosen careers in education.

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Government & Politics
8:27 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Legislation Barring Some Immigrant Students from In-State Tuition Defeated

Senator Dick Black

Undocumented immigrant students who’ve been granted the federal status that defers them from deportation would still be able to qualify for in-state college tuition -- thanks to the Virginia Senate's defeat of legislation that would have barred them from receiving the less expensive rates. The bill was killed by a single vote following a lengthy floor debate.  

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