Education

NEA Conference
10:11 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Issues for Educators

Credit National Education Association

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.

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Barriers to Internet Access
4:21 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

EducationSuperHighway

Richmond, VA

 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. 
  

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Part 1 of 2
6:47 am
Mon June 2, 2014

"Room of Errors" Saves Lives

Credit www.ipe.virginia.edu

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.”  

  

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Shortage of Medical Personnel
10:01 am
Thu May 29, 2014

VA Gives Students an Incentive to Become Healthcare Providers

Credit www.vtc.vt.edu

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. 

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Cutting Costs
4:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Dual Enrollment Benefits

Virginia's junior U.S. Senator is backing a federal dual-enrollment bill that would enable more students to attend high school while earning college credits.

Senator Tim Kaine says his family saved money through a dual enrollment program—and similar initiatives nationally could help put more students through college.

Kaine is co-sponsoring the “Supporting College Access and Success through Dual Enrollment Act” because it allows a student to shave off a year or more of college tuition and dorm costs.

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