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VA Commission on Youth
5:02 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Schools Deal with Behavior Problems

Delegate Richard Bell (top row, third from right) and VA Commission on Youth

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.
 

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Richmond Connexiones
4:53 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Richmond Schools Face Bilingual Challenges

Jessica Osornio and community activist Dustin King

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. 

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30% of Schools Come Up Short
2:05 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fewer VA Schools Receive Full Accreditation

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.

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Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success
4:57 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Children's Cabinet

Sec. Bill Hazel

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.
 

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Beyond Standardized Testing
3:55 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Alternative Assessments

Now that the state has cut back on the number of standards of learning tests administered in grades three through eight, officials in Richmond are looking for new ways to make sure kids are learning. 

They’ll meet August 18th to explore alternatives.

Many parents cheered when the state legislature eliminated five SOL tests, and teachers are also pleased according to Meg Gruber – President of the Virginia Education Association.

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