Education

A look at education issues around Virginia.

A new report from the University of Virginia shows about ten percent of students in this state’s public schools are absent for three weeks or more each year, and in three large districts the rates were even higher. 

When Professor Luke Miller and his colleagues graphed the number of kids who were chronically absent from public schools in Richmond, Petersburg and Norfolk, they ended up with something resembling the letter U:

New Ways to Grade

Oct 17, 2016

Over the last 20 years we’ve seen a growing reliance on multiple choice tests to figure out how well students are learning and how well teachers are teaching.  Now, however, public schools in Virginia are moving away from that approach, trying new ways to grade as Sandy Hausman reports. 

Virginia Department of Education

Strapped for cash, some public schools in Virginia are operating without a principal or a nurse, but the state’s board of education met today to discuss requiring those jobs be filled.

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On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are at odds over how to hand out federal dollars to local school divisions in Virginia and across the county. 

Are high-poverty schools getting all the funding they need? That’s the question at the heart of a debate in Washington about a new rule directing federal dollars to help at-risk children.

Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia Beach put that question to Scott Sargrad at the Center for American Progress during a congressional hearing this week.

The arts have a unique ability to embrace complexity; to hold a variety of ideas at once. They can foster exploration not always possible through other routes. That’s the idea behind the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, which opens next month. 

"There’s such a cultural clinging to tradition that is both admirable and sometimes problematic, but that’s in every culture; if you hold too strongly to tradition."

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