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Government & Politics
4:21 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Governor McAuliffe Signs Child Care Safety Bill

Elly Lafkin (right) and other parents watch as Governor McAuliffe signs the bill.

Virginia’s child care providers will be undergoing a number of changes that aim to enhance the safety of the children they are babysitting.  To draw attention to the new law, Governor McAuliffe held a bill-signing ceremony with advocates, lawmakers, and parents whose children had died while in unlicensed facilities. Participants said that while this law is a good start, the Commonwealth needs an even tougher one.

McAuliffe said the bill passed due to a grassroots movement led by the heartbroken parents of children who died in day care homes. 

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Education
9:15 am
Tue March 31, 2015

SOL Regulations Passed

Elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning tests by narrow margins will have an opportunity to retake those tests this spring thanks to new regulations passed by the State Board of Education. The rules stem from a law that sailed through the General Assembly—but would not have taken effect until July 1st if the Board had not acted.  

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Education
9:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Cruise the James, Disconnected

Last year's adventurers. Courtesy of James River Expedition's Facebook page
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If you have a teenager who’s getting on your nerves - one who can’t stop texting - here’s an opportunity for both of you to take a break.  The James River Association is offering high school students a chance to cruise for a week this summer - to learn about history, science, and life. 

Thirty students will paddle three different sections of the James River for eight days  --  beginning in the mountains on June 27th.  Lead educator Kyle Burnett says the first team of ten will negotiate a series of rapids en route to Lynchburg, including Balcony Falls.

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K - 12
8:29 am
Wed March 25, 2015

State Officials Considering Superintendent Innovation Grants

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State officials are looking to local school divisions to develop some world-class, in-the-field ideas to reform education.  Following an application process, the state will award five school superintendents with $50,000 each for grants to craft innovative plans for their districts.  Superintendents are being asked to “dream big”—and contemplate how they would run their schools with complete flexibility for two years. 

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General Assembly 2015
8:16 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Home School Sports Bill Advances in General Assembly

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Some Virginia students who are home-schooled may be able to participate in public school interscholastic programs under legislation that has passed both houses of the General Assembly.  Lawmakers also sought to alleviate some concerns raised by school divisions.  

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