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.
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.
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.
Virginia schools could hold numerous fundraisers per year selling food that doesn’t meet nutritional guidelines under legislation that has passed both houses of the General Assembly. The bill requires the Board of Education to craft regulations that would be more permissive than current state policy, and permit the sale of what some call “junk food” during school hours. The Senate made its decision only after lengthy debate about what’s really best for the students.
Virginia’s House has approved a bill designed to prevent school shootings, and state senators begin debating the measure today. Sponsored by Fredericksburg Delegate Mark Cole, it allows local school boards to arm security officers with batons, pepper spray and stun guns.
“These are school employees. They are not law enforcement officers. They don’t have training to use batons, stun weapons and spray devices.”