State Government

Virginia Public Access Project
7:47 am
Mon September 29, 2014

VaNews for 09.29.14

A Hanover County supervisor is upset because students are seeing a film in which Muslims say U-S actions abroad were among the causes of the 9-11 attacks...and growing numbers of state employees in Virginia are on public assistance while working full time.

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

  

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Government & Politics
3:55 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Commission to Ensure Integrity & Public Confidence in State Government

Commission Members in Richmond

Citing the embarrassment that Virginia is still suffering from recent events—which referred to the convictions of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife on federal corruption charges—Governor McAuliffe has signed an executive order creating the Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.

The commission is tasked with making recommendations that do not just pertain to gift-giving, but also how judges are appointed, and legislative district lines are drawn.

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The SOL Debate Continues
8:01 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Civics and Social Studies in Question at VA Schools

Many teachers, parents, and policymakers have agreed that the state's Standards of Learning have forced classroom instruction to be geared toward test-taking, rather than developing more comprehensive learning skills. But as the SOLs are being revised, some are concerned that Social Studies-and ultimately the lessons that teach children civic engagement-are being minimized too much. 

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Transportation
8:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

VP Biden in VA to Tout Transportation Spending

Today (Wednesday) Vice President Joe Biden is speaking in Norfolk, Virginia to highlight federal transportation spending. 

This year congressional gridlock brought the federal highway trust fund to the brink of running out of cash before lawmakers were able to cobble together a short term patch to keep it funded. That’s why the administration is fanning out across the U-S touting federal investments.

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Health & Medicine
7:24 am
Tue September 23, 2014

VA Lawmakers to Examine State Autism Services

Dr Joseph Ashley testifies before the Autism Advisory Council.

Services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder have improved over the last five years…but the system that provides the services is complex and not uniformly accessible statewide.

That’s one of the findings this week of the Autism Advisory Council-the panel of lawmakers who will identify problems and make recommendations to the General Assembly about how to make the state programs more effective. The demand for long-term services has continued to grow. 

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