Nearly 9,000 educators from across the U.S. are gathered in Denver this week for the National Education Association’s 152nd Annual Meeting. Virginia alone has about 200 representatives attending.
Meg Gruber is the president of the Virginia Education Association, and says one of the most critical topics to be discussed at this year’s annual meeting and representative assembly, is the much criticized standardized testing.
Average Internet access and connectivity costs in Virginia schools are more expensive than the national average, and now a nonprofit organization has chosen the Commonwealth for a free program that will discover why and propose cost-lowering options. Governor McAuliffe has announced that the “EducationSuperHighway” will gather detailed information from all school divisions, analyze the data, and then provide technical assistance. The governor emphasized that high-speed connectivity is now essential for both a 21st-century education and economy.
Modern medicine can be complicated - relying on high-tech procedures and multiple medications, so it’s no surprise that medical mistakes occur. One study estimates they lead to 400,000 preventable deaths a year and ten times as many serious injuries. To attack that problem, the University of Virginia Medical Center has launched a pilot program called “The Room of Errors.”
With the shortage of healthcare providers in Virginia the Department of Health has four programs to incentivize students and providers to not only stay in Virginia but to work in underserved regions of the state.