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Grading Virginia's Schools - A Failing Idea?

Jan 29, 2015

In Virginia, lawmakers are taking action to REPEAL a system of assigning every school in the commonwealth with a letter grade.  

Is your neighborhood elementary school an A school? Or would it earn a C? Parents may never know because lawmakers are moving forward with an effort to spike a system that would have issued a grade to each school. It's an idea that dates back two years ago, when the General Assembly passed the original effort. Then last year they delayed it. Now the House Education Committee is moving forward with an effort to kill it. 

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. 

VEA & PTA "Put Kids First" Campaign

Jan 28, 2015

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

Full Disclosure: Capped Out

Jan 21, 2015

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.

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.