Education

A look at education issues around Virginia.

After a near miss in 2006, Virginia may soon have an official state reptile. And a bill now in the General Assembly would give local school districts a new way to raise revenue. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

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Virginia’s Governor has proposed a series of changes to public education aimed at preparing students to join the workforce, but the state’s teachers may not like some of his ideas.  

Terry McAuliffe wants to set new requirements for high school grads, emphasize hands-on instruction, and offer industry credentials.  He thinks schools should be allowed to hire industry experts to teach on a temporary or part-time basis, but at the Virginia Education Association, which represents teachers, President Meg Gruber has doubts when it comes to science and math.

Mallory Noe-Payne

Virginia Commonwealth University is one of the state’s most diverse four-year colleges. But if you’re a student there you may not see that diversity in who’s teaching you. While 15% of VCU students are African-American, only 5% of full-time faculty are.
Students are demanding that VCU fix that problem-- and fast.

Christopher Brooks welcomes me to his office on VCU’s campus in the heart of downtown Richmond.

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Part of Governor McAuliffe’s overall proposed budget includes more than $1 billion dollars allotted for education.

Among the initiatives poised to receive that funding, John O’Neil with the Virginia Education Association says several stand out, such as adding thousands of much-needed teaching positions, and a $50 million dollar increase in funding for programs helping at-risk students

Mallory Noe-Payne

Since the recession, state funding for higher education across the country has plummeted - including here in Virginia, where it remains a quarter below what it was before the recession. Governor McAuliffe revealed details today about how he’d like to fund higher education in the state for the next two years.

As the state has decreased funding for higher education, Virginia’s public colleges have had to increase tuition and fees.

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