Arlington County has made it a little more costly for people who violate the anti-profanity law...and Virginia will begin offering students a chance to get their public high school diplomas without ever seeing the inside of a classroom. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.
Grayson County teachers thought, after last night's school board meeting, they wouldn't get a paycheck anytime soon. due to the school division's mountain financial problems. But that might not be the case, now that the state Board of Education has stepped in. Brian Funk is the editor of the Galax Gazette and says the story is changing nearly every minute.
Tonight's meeting starts at 6 at the Grayson County Courthouse.
This week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill allowing elementary and middle school kids to re-take Standards of Learning tests if they score a few points below what’s needed to pass. McAuliffe has already signed legislation to eliminate five of the tests kids might have taken during their years in public school, and he says he’d like to cut more of them, while getting creativity back into the classroom.
Meanwhile, parents in Richmond have begun a protest of their own - asking that their kids be excused from SOL tests.
A recent survey showed 28% of Virginians have a hard time getting fresh fruit and vegetables in their communities. What’s more, half of kids said they would head for a fast food restaurant or convenience store if given $5 for food.
To counter those problems, a group of teachers is taking Richmond kids to the farm, where they dance, sing and discover the wonders of compost.
The nation's eighth graders are scoring poorly in history, geography and civics. The National Assessment of Educational Progress tested eighth graders in 2010 and again last year with about 50% of the students scoring "basic" in the three subjects. Between one-quarter and one-third scored below and only 1 to 3% of the 29,000 students scored in the advanced range.