Education

Research & Development Costs
4:29 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Pricey Equipment in VA's Higher Ed Classrooms

Co-chairs Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and former Delegate Joe May

Virginia universities have invested at least one-billion-dollars in highly sophisticated, expensive equipment for research and development.  Some allow entrepreneurs to have access to that equipment and school expertise for a fee.

A panel of lawmakers and experts is working to craft state policies to expand such opportunities in a way that benefits businesses, universities, and taxpayers.

Inventor and former Delegate Joe May co-chairs the panel. May says businesses may need hi-tech equipment that’s too costly to buy.

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Proposed SOL Changes
3:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Educators Meet to Revise History

The Battle of Ball's Bluff 150th Anniversary
Credit Rob Shenk, Creative Commons

This week and into January, the State Board of Education is holding a series of public hearings on revisions to the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

Board President Christian Braunlich says the standards are updated every seven years, and he hopes the public will take a look at the proposed revisions.

The public hearings will be held at the following locations:

December 2 — Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center, 931
Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville

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VA Commission on Youth
5:02 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Schools Deal with Behavior Problems

Delegate Richard Bell (top row, third from right) and VA Commission on Youth

Virginia schools are increasingly confronted with youth who exhibit challenging behavior.

And while schools sometimes use physical restraint and seclusion to de-escalate a crisis, the state does not have any explicit laws or regulations that govern their use. 

That concerns the Commission on Youth, which is recommending legislation to require the Board of Education to formulate new rules and restrictions.
 

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Education
5:34 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Virginia State University Seeks a Possible Change in Leadership Amidst Fiscal Struggles

Public universities are bracing for more budget cuts as the state copes with a $2.4 billion shortfall, but one of those schools is already fighting for its life. Virginia State – one of two historically black universities in the Commonwealth – faces a $19 million shortfall. Students are demanding the president be fired, and Friday the board of visitors will meet to discuss that and other possible changes.

 

 

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Education
4:40 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Out-of-State Online Learning Reciprocity

Imagine being a Virginia resident obtaining an Ivy League education at a school such as Harvard—without having to pay all the costs associated with an out-of-state college experience. While that may not be possible at that specific university right now, a new state law authorizing on-line education reciprocity agreements between Virginia and other states could make that a reality in the near future.  

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