Education

25th Annual Kids Count Survey
8:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

"Kids Count" Survey Results Released

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has just released its 25th annual Kids Count survey. And while Virginia has made progress in the areas of education and overall health, it still suggests that more children are living in impoverished homes and lack the community make-up or family foundation to help increase their likelihood of living successful lives. 

    

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JLARC Report
5:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Virginia 529 College Savings Plan

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  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.

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Revising Standards
4:49 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

SOL Innovation Committee Begins Work

Governor McAuliffe's Standards of Learning Innovation Committee has held its inaugural meeting, and its members now have their marching orders. 

One of their long-term goals is revise the school standards to be more interesting and far more inclusive.

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150 Years
1:09 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

New Book Features History of the Virginia Education Association

The Virginia Education Association got its starts in the middle of the Civil War.  The story of the VEA’s last 150 years is told in a book set for release next month.

 

Even though school is out for summer in just a couple of hours…some eight-graders at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Roanoke don’t seem to mind taking a few last questions on the periodic table from science teacher Sharon Simpson.  She’s been teaching for 30 years, but says she wants to do it for another five years before she retires.

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GED & Adult Learners
9:54 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Back in the Classroom

Last month, millions of kids in Virginia collected their high school diplomas.  The nation is at an all-time high, with 80% of students completing 12th grade.  For those who did not get a degree, there’s another option.

Each year, about 800 students take night-time classes, twice a week, at the Adult Learning Center in Charlotteville.  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.

“I just want them to understand how much education means to me.’”

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