Education

A look at education issues around Virginia.

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Federal legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 has come under fire from Virginia’s Legislative Black Caucus and a coalition of national and state civil rights organizations.  

The groups assert that both the U.S. House and Senate versions of the reauthorization fail to adequately protect vulnerable student populations.

Many aspiring college students take time each summer to visit different schools or to take part in orientation at the campus where they’ll study in the fall, but a much older group of visitors has been touring universities in Virginia.

Virginia Commonwealth University is less than a mile from the state capitol, but 22 members of the House Appropriations committee recently took a bus ride across campus to complete a statewide listening tour focused on higher education. Here’s committee vice chair Steve Landes.

VHS Accession Number: 1998.92.1

Like many museums, the Virginia Historical Society has a lot of stuff in storage.  In fact, less than one percent of its documents and artifacts are on display, but the society offers special tours that take curious people behind the scenes. If you have 90 free minutes on certain Saturdays and a strong curious streak, the Virginia Historical Society invites you to learn about a range of quirky topics.

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding massive open online courses at the college level -classes taught online, but the state of Virginia is moving full-speed ahead with an online program for high school students. 

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550 educators and advocates from ten nations gathered in Richmond to exchange ideas about a movement that they call “From STEM to STEAM.”  One major goal is to share best practices to attract more girls to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.  They say more creativity can help overcome the hurdles that have prevented girls from choosing STEM careers. 

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