Education

Government & Politics
7:14 am
Mon August 25, 2014

VA Lawmakers Weigh in on Changing Education Standards

This summer there's been a big push by the nation's powerful teacher unions to completely revamp the nation's standardized tests mandated under No Child Left Behind and then revamped with the new Common Core standards. 

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Education
6:15 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Mary Lou Smith: Professor Preserving Virginia Intermont College's Legacy

This May, Virginia Intermont College in Bristol closed its doors after 130 years - leaving thousands of alumni without an alma mater and hundreds of students to complete their degrees elsewhere. Mary Lou Smith spent her entire adult life at the school, and she’s in the process of compiling a history book to preserve the school’s legacy.

It’s safe to say, that after 60 years, Mary Lou Smith was a fixture at Virginia Intermont College.

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Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success
4:57 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Children's Cabinet

Sec. Bill Hazel

Governor McAuliffe has signed two executive orders to create a new framework within his administration to potentially help more children succeed. 

The goal is to develop, implement, and prioritize a policy agenda related to health, poverty, safety, education, nutrition, and housing.  

The plan is to coordinate and strengthen public services on all levels —with a special focus on at-risk children in high-poverty communities.
 

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Beyond Standardized Testing
3:55 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Alternative Assessments

Now that the state has cut back on the number of standards of learning tests administered in grades three through eight, officials in Richmond are looking for new ways to make sure kids are learning. 

They’ll meet August 18th to explore alternatives.

Many parents cheered when the state legislature eliminated five SOL tests, and teachers are also pleased according to Meg Gruber – President of the Virginia Education Association.

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Education
7:15 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Investigation into Virginia Public Schools' Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraint

The U.S. Department of Education has singled out two Virginia schools for routinely putting students in isolation or physically restraining them in response to misbehavior, and a recent investigation by ProPublica identified Virginia as one of several states that have few safeguards for students.  

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