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.
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.
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.
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.