Virginia Public Access Project
5:17 am
Mon June 22, 2015

VaNews for 6.22.15: High School Diplomas On-Line

Arlington County has made it a little more costly for people who violate the anti-profanity law...and Virginia will begin offering students a chance to get their public high school diplomas without ever seeing the inside of a classroom. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

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Keeping up with Technology
12:08 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

The Challenge of Getting a GED Inside

L- R Brandon Snider, Jason Whitlock Frank Fassl passed their GED exams

High School graduation rates appear to be on the rise across the country, but for one segment of the population, they’ve dropped dramatically. The pass rate for prison inmates taking the G-E-D plummeted after a new computer based test was introduced in 2014.

G-E-D stands for General Education Diploma. It’s a test people can take if they failed to get their high school degrees. Corrections facilities are facing new challenges in making the tests available to inmates, even as experts stress, there’s nothing better than that degree to keep people from returning to jail.

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Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
4:53 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Reforming VA's Preschool Initiative


A number of studies suggest that young children who enter pre-kindergarten programs develop their learning skills more effectively than those who don't.

That's one reason why state lawmakers recently decided to examine and reform the Virginia Preschool Initiative.   One of the underlying issues is making sure that low-income children have access to—and take advantage of— those programs.

Some of the reasons why children don't enroll include lack of affordability, eligibility, and other challenges.

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5:22 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Grayson County Schools Face Financial Problems

Grayson County teachers thought, after last night's school board meeting, they wouldn't get a paycheck anytime soon. due to the school division's mountain financial problems.  But that might not be the case, now that the state Board of Education has stepped in.  Brian Funk is the editor of the Galax Gazette and says the story is changing nearly every minute.

Tonight's meeting starts at 6 at the Grayson County Courthouse.

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4:27 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

VA Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Sweet Briar College Closing

The women of the troubled Sweet Briar College say the institution is capable of sustaining itself—and all it needs is a second chance. They're hoping that chance comes in the form of a ruling from the state's highest court to grant an injunction and allow the college to stay open while school administrators sort out legal and financial matters.

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