State Government

Education
8:08 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Grading Virginia's Schools - A Failing Idea?

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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. 

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Common Core
7:50 am
Thu January 29, 2015

General Assembly Debates Common Core

Senator Janet Howell argues against the bill.

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. 

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Education
10:02 am
Wed January 28, 2015

VEA & PTA "Put Kids First" Campaign

VEA President Meg Gruber and Va PTA President Brenda Sheridan.

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

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Government & Politics
8:10 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Virginia Lawmakers Question Offshore Drilling

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A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers say the Interior Department move to open up Virginia’s coast to drilling is raising more questions than answers. 

Some proponents of drilling off Virginia’s coast are dubious. The maps of natural resources off the eastern coast haven’t been updated in three decades, and Virginia Republican Congressman Rob Wittman says he thinks energy companies are dubious of this administration’s energy policies and won’t want to invest the resources necessary.   

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General Assembly 2015
7:57 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Party Affiliation Bill Dies in the General Assembly

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Virginia voters’ partisan preferences will remain unknown -- if they so choose -- after a bill that would have required registration by political party narrowly dies after Senate debate.  The bill was sponsored by a Republican - and effectively killed by another Republican. 

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