Education

General Assembly
4:32 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Measuring School Performance

Should they be signed into law by Governor McAuliffe, bills recently passed by the General Assembly would modify some of the scrutiny of school systems that meet state standards.  The state would also create a different method to inform parents of how well those schools are doing.

After educators lambasted the state's A-F grading system created a few years ago, lawmakers crafted a new method to measure school performance. Bill sponsor Delegate Tag Greason says this gives the Board of Education authority to redesign a more comprehensive school performance report card.

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General Assembly
4:24 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Lawmakers Build on Education Reform Bills

A large number of public education reform bills made it through this year's General Assembly session.  The sponsor of many of the House bills says lawmakers wanted to build on last year's successes with the SOL reforms.

Delegate Tag Greason says while Virginia schools spend a lot of time preparing students to go to college, they haven’t placed as much emphasis on those going directly into the workforce. That's why one of his bills aligns career and technical education certification with national requirements.

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Zeta Psi Fraternity at UVA
1:01 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Iraqi Students Want Apology for "Bombs Over Baghdad" Party

There's a new controversy brewing on the University of Virginia campus -- this time involving the Zeta Psi fraternity, which, last month, hosted a party called “Bombs Over Baghdad.” 

While the fraternity claims to have taken the title from a rap song by the group Outkast, Nour Sulaiman and Iraqi refugee Hanan Hameed say it's wrong to make light of war.

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Education
8:52 am
Mon March 2, 2015

General Assembly Ends, Children of Undocumented Parents Still Have In-State Tuition

Flickr user Shal Farley
Credit Creative Commons, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The 2015 legislative session in Virginia may be remembered for expanding access to medical marijuana and excusing Dominion Power from government oversight of its rates, but it could also be known for what didn’t happen. 

When President Obama announced that children raised in this country by undocumented parents could remain here legally, states had to decide whether to grant them in-state tuition.  Two lawmakers introduced bills to deny it, but Delegate Alfonso Lopez says neither was approved. 

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Arts and Education
9:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Virginia's Traveling African Art Exhibit

Credit Aldine S. Hartman Endowment Fund

When it comes to ethnicity, the largest group of people in Virginia—about 20% -- trace their ancestry back to Africa, but kids in our schools learn relatively little about African history, arts and culture.  Now, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will offer a lively supplement to the curriculum -- taking children on a virtual trip to Mali, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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