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

Full Disclosure: Capped Out

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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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Education
5:07 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

House Republicans Outline Education Agenda

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Ahead of next week's start of the Virginia General Assembly Session, GOP lawmakers are rolling out new initiatives in public education. 

One reform is a revamped version of an unpopular law—which they say should be more useful to parents and stakeholders.  

GOP Delegates say they want to help students develop real-world, critical thinking skills—which are not achieved through multiple-choice testing.  In order to do that, House Majority Leader Kirk Cox says more teacher professional development is needed, including a process to share best practices.

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Greene County Incident
1:18 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Bill Might Halt Handcuffs On School Kids

Delegate Bell spent the last ten years of his teaching career in Special Ed.

Last fall's controversial handcuffing and shackling of a Greene County pre-schooler might have been prevented by a new bill that could soon make its way through the General Assembly.




Delegate Dickie Bell will introduce a measure calling on the state’s Education Department to regulate the use of restraints on students. His bill was already in the works when he heard that an officer had cuffed and shackled a four-year-old.



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