A look at education issues around Virginia.

As kids head back to school, parents, teachers and administrators are gearing up for a fight in Richmond – hoping to win greater state support for public education.  They say it’s time to restore cuts made during the recession  and to raise pay for new teachers as  thousands prepare to retire.  

As president of the Virginia Education Association, Meg Gruber is sounding the alarm.

“Thirty-eight percent of our teachers are 50 years and older, and if you have enough years of service in at 50, you can retire.”

Virginia leaders are applauding this year’s gains in student Standards of Learning tests, especially since the Department of Education made the assessments more rigorous. But, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction would still like to see improvement—particularly for English language-learners.

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A two-day teacher institute at the Library of Virginia has provided educators with the opportunity to advance their knowledge about the post-Civil War era-especially how the Commonwealth was transformed by the emancipation of slaves and Reconstruction. One major focus was on the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution-and their significant legacy. 

The “Reconstruction Amendments” sought to eliminate vestiges of the defeated system. The Library’s Public Services and Outreach Director, Greg Kimball, says that began with the 13th Amendment to outlaw slavery.

Eyeing Lunch

Aug 11, 2015
Virginia Commonwealth University

Hungry students will find something new at Virginia Commonwealth University. They'll be able to pay for their meals with their eyes. 

With 5,000 meals served each day, Shafer Court is a busy place, and Stephen Barr – director of campus services at Virginia Commonwealth University says food service workers can’t always keep up.

Virginia residents have just a little more time to provide feedback to the Department of Education as it redesigns public school performance report cards, which provide accountability ratings. The final product is not only supposed to allow users to sift through information more fluidly, but will also provide a more customized layout of demographics.