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Common Core
7:50 am
Thu January 29, 2015

General Assembly Debates Common Core

Senator Janet Howell argues against the bill.

The Virginia Senate has postponed a final vote on legislation that would prohibit the state from adopting the national Common Core standards for public education without prior approval of the General Assembly.  The standards have been widely adopted by states but have come under fire—in part, for their mandatory, one-size-fits-all approach.  

Bill supporters argued that it doesn’t stop the state from adopting Common Core, but merely requires the input of lawmakers.  Senator Tom Garrett said under the state SOLs, student achievement is already among the best in the nation. 

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Education
10:02 am
Wed January 28, 2015

VEA & PTA "Put Kids First" Campaign

VEA President Meg Gruber and Va PTA President Brenda Sheridan.

The Virginia PTA and the Virginia Education Association have joined together to launch a new public awareness campaign called “Put Kids First."

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Not for Everyone
4:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Full Disclosure: Capped Out

Credit ATW80.com

More Americans than ever are going to college.   And more than ever are burdened with high debts and few job prospects.

In the latest installment of his Full Disclosure podcast, Richmond-based business reporter Roben Farzad talked with University of Richmond Business Professor Eric Martin,  who says  four years of college at the full sticker price is just not for everyone.    And Martin points to recent studies claiming that only 37%  of new jobs created require a four-year-degree.

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Reforming the SOLs
8:02 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Education Reforms and Proposals

Virginia's school superintendents are applauding the General Assembly’s recent efforts to reduce the number of standardized SOL tests administered to students from 34 to 27.  But they also say that more reforms are needed moving forward—and they’ve outlined them in a new Blueprint for the Future of Education. 

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Handcuffed 4-Year-Old
7:54 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Handcuffed Preschooler Reinstated in Greene

After some public uproar and contact from a civil liberties group, the four-year-old who was cuffed and shackled by a Greene County school resource officer will be invited back to school with his record wiped clean. The fight, however, goes on.

The Charlottesville-based Rutherford Institute is claiming a victory of sorts on behalf  of the misbehaving pre-schooler who was hauled out of class, handcuffed, placed in a squad car, and then-- back at the sheriff's office-- locked in leg irons.

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