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Educators Meet to Revise History

Dec 1, 2014
Rob Shenk, Creative Commons

This week and into January, the State Board of Education is holding a series of public hearings on revisions to the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

Board President Christian Braunlich says the standards are updated every seven years, and he hopes the public will take a look at the proposed revisions.

The public hearings will be held at the following locations:

December 2 — Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center, 931
Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville

Virginia schools are increasingly confronted with youth who exhibit challenging behavior.

And while schools sometimes use physical restraint and seclusion to de-escalate a crisis, the state does not have any explicit laws or regulations that govern their use. 

That concerns the Commission on Youth, which is recommending legislation to require the Board of Education to formulate new rules and restrictions.

This month, two young women from India and Pakistan shared the Nobel Prize for promoting the rights of kids in their countries. 

Here in Virginia, another young woman is doing likewise – standing up to her high school principal and the school board. 

The dramatic growth in this country’s Hispanic population is not news – except, perhaps, in Richmond, where the public schools were apparently caught off guard.  Jesse Senechal is with a group called Richmond Teachers for Social Justice. 

Fewer VA Schools Receive Full Accreditation

Sep 16, 2014

State education officials say more than 30% of Virginia’s public school did not meet full accreditation standards last year.

Here’s how the numbers break down from the Department of Education:

68% of the state’s 1827 schools were fully accredited based on Standards of Learning test results.  That’s down from 77% the previous year, and 93% two years ago.

The number of schools “accredited with warning” increased from 393 to 545.

Governor McAuliffe has signed two executive orders to create a new framework within his administration to potentially help more children succeed. 

The goal is to develop, implement, and prioritize a policy agenda related to health, poverty, safety, education, nutrition, and housing.  

The plan is to coordinate and strengthen public services on all levels —with a special focus on at-risk children in high-poverty communities.