Standards of Learning

VEA Marks 150 Years

Apr 26, 2013

The Virginia Education Association is commemorating 150 years and 50,000 members.  It was actually as the Civil War was raging in Virginia.

It began  in a Petersburg church by a few men who wanted to make sure children still received an education in wartime.





 

No action has been taken yet, but next month when the Virginia State Board of Education meets, it will discuss establishing new licensing requirements for educators who teach only online courses. 

Changes in the Classroom

Apr 8, 2013

A new state school division to manage some underperforming schools is NOT the only change to public education to be approved this year by state lawmakers. 

An array of new laws to revise some programs and expand others will soon take effect. 

Under one law, schools must add early reading intervention services for kindergarten, first and second grades, AND algebra readiness intervention for sixth through ninth grades.  Parents will receive clear, A-through-F report cards to rate local schools under a second law—sponsored by Delegate Tag Greason.

Fixing Failing Schools

Feb 25, 2013

Virginia’s most underperforming schools would be transferred to a new state Opportunity Educational Institution thanks to General Assembly passage of a budget amendment over the weekend. 

Teacher Evaluation Changes Head to the Governor

Feb 12, 2013

Legislation to change the process for evaluating public school teachers has cleared the Virginia Senate and is now on its way to the Governor. 

The bill is a compromise negotiated among major stakeholders, including the Virginia Education Association, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, and the McDonnell administration.  But as that didn’t stop a senator from unsuccessfully proposing a few last-minute amendments.  

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