Posts Tagged Education

First ‘Nation’s Report Card’ since pandemic shows steep learning loss for Virginia students

Numbers released Monday by the Department of Education show unprecedented declines nationwide in math and reading for American 4 and 8th grade students.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the numbers show academic setbacks throughout the pandemic, including here in Virginia.

And, as Michael Pope reports, the scores are creating a new discussion about what’s happening in public school classrooms across Virginia.

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How should Virginia schools measure student progress?

What should happen to a school that doubles test scores but still does not make the grade? Michael Pope reports.

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A new report suggests collective bargaining is a boon for Virginia teachers and schools

Educators across Virginia are pushing for better wages and working conditions. Michael Pope reports that in some places that could mean collective bargaining.

Click here for the findings from the Commonwealth Institute.

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One Virginia congressman wants to put cameras into classrooms

Cameras are used to monitor security in many schools.  But what about cameras to monitor what’s being taught? As Michael Pope reports, that’s become a topic of discussion in a congressional race.

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New study shows Virginia teachers face worst “pay penalty” in the nation

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Schools across Virginia are struggling to find teachers for classrooms this fall. And, as Michael Pope reports, part of the problem is teacher pay.

You can read the entire analysis here.

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New data shows teacher shortages are hitting Virginia, especially in southside

Schools across Virginia are dealing with a major teacher shortage. Michael Pope reports.

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Governor Youngkin mulls capping scholarship tax credit

Governor Glenn Youngkin is considering a budget proposal that some fear might harm scholarships for low-income students. Michael Pope explains why.

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New report suggests Virginia schools are falling behind

Governor ⁦Glenn Youngkin says Virginia’s education system suffers from lowered expectations and a lack of transparency. “That all ends today,” he says. (Credit: Michael Pope)

A new report on the state of Virginia schools shows that gaps are widening and scores are dropping. Michael Pope reports.

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There continues to be a lot of debate over curriculum in Virginia classrooms

Education was a hot topic on the campaign trail last year. And, as Michael Pope reports, the issue remains at the forefront of a debate over what students should be learning in classrooms.

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Education spending remains one of the biggest budget challenges for Virginia lawmakers

Lawmakers left the Capitol earlier this month without passing a budget, and House and Senate leaders remain divided on a number of issues. Michael Pope has this look at how education spending is a major budget debate heading into the special session.

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Virginia students could soon get some say in statewide education decisions

Public school students across Virginia may soon be getting more input into education policy. Michael Pope reports.

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House and Senate working to iron out differences in education budgets

Lawmakers are trying to balance the books for the coming year. One part of the budget is a top priority for both parties: education. Michael Pope has more on the newly-released proposals.

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Education advocates push lawmakers for higher teacher pay, school infrastructure investments

As lawmakers try to balance the budget, advocates for schools are asking for an investment in public education. Michael Pope reports.

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State lawmakers debate exactly what an “inherently divisive concept” is

Members of the General Assembly are divided on what constitutes being divisive. Michael Pope explains.

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Youngkin’s education secretary pick gives insight into the administration’s priorities

Education was a top issue on the campaign trail last year, especially how schools address the issue of race. Michael Pope reports it’s now at the top of the agenda for the new administration in Richmond.

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Youngkin asks General Assembly for $150 Million for charter schools

Governor Glenn Youngkin, in an address to a joint session of the General Assembly, on January 17th, outlined his vision for charter schools and other legislative priorities. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Virginia’s new governor wants to do some new things with public schools. One proposal involves the state’s universities. Reporter Jahd Khalil has more. 

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Gov. Youngkin’s mask order on schools gets pushback

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School administrators and politicians are pushing back against Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that would allow parents to opt their children out of school mask requirements, saying masking is the best way to keep schools open and the order doesn’t override a law on the subject. Jahd Khalil reports.

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The pandemic and its impact on instruction is wreaking havoc on some school kids

Research is still being conducted, but early data suggests about 20% of school children are experiencing moderate to clinical levels of psychological trauma symptoms – things like anxiety, depression or even aggression. Nick Gilmore reports.

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Virginia Ranks Towards the Bottom in Education Spending Per Student

Virginia is one of the wealthiest states in America. But as Michael Pope reports, it also ranks toward the bottom of the pack for education spending.

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Reopening Schools and Curriculum Become Hot Topics Among Republican Candidates

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On the campaign trail, education is a hot topic. And, the debate doesn’t just revolve around reopening schools. It’s also about what’s being taught. Michael Pope explains.

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Virginia Teachers Will Soon Undergo Cultural Competency Training Under New Law

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Virginia history is complicated, and now teachers in Virginia will have help explaining some of the racial elements to students. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam: Virginia School Divisions Should Offer an In-Person Option by March 15th

After the pandemic caused Governor Ralph Northam to close Virginia’s public schools last spring, he says it’s now time to reopen. Nick Gilmore has details.

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State Education Officials Say Many Students Have Some Catching Up to Do Thanks to the Pandemic

The pandemic prompted Virginia public schools to call off the Standards of Learning test used to assess student achievement statewide, but other measures point to trouble at a time when many kids are expected to learn online. Sandy Hausman has that story.

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State Lawmakers Briefed on School Enrollment and the Pandemic’s Impact

Virginia schools are seeing declining enrollment – lawmakers heard details about that during a presentation from the Department of Education Thursday. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Think School Segregation Ended in the 50’s? This Study says it’s Increasing.

School segregation is getting worse in Virginia, not better. And one driving factor is segregation within school districts. Those are the findings of a new report out Wednesday from researchers at VCU. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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“And We’re Not Paying Them for That” Educators Flock to Richmond Requesting More Funding, Better Pay

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Educators from across Virginia join hands in massive “Red4Ed” rally in Capitol Square, calling on lawmakers to fully fund request from the Virginia Board of Education. They say educators are overworked and short staffed. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Educators from across Virginia are in Richmond today, pressing lawmakers to fully fund education this year. Michael Pope reports from Capitol Square.

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State Education Officials to Consider Making School Funding More Equitable

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Is the way Virginia funds its schools equitable? That’s a topic up for debate in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Schools: Achievement Gaps Widen, Attendance Up

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92% of public schools in Virginia are meeting the state’s education standards. That’s according to the Department of Education, which released the annual accreditation ratings Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Some Schools Across Virginia Opened Before Labor Day, Effectively Ending “Kings Dominion Law”

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Across Virginia, schoolchildren are heading back to school. And now school divisions are no longer required to wait until Labor Day to open their doors. Michael Pope reports.

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Some Virginia Districts Are Turning to Virtual Solutions to Teacher Shortage

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Schools across Virginia are having a hard time finding teachers. And, the lack of teachers in Virginia is causing some schools to take drastic measures. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam Outlines School Readiness Proposal

governor-northam-official-photo_800Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is hoping to get his hands on new funding streams for early childhood education. Michael Pope reports.

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The Effort to Diversify Virginia’s Teachers

StateSeal00The vast majority of teachers in Virginia are white, a cause of concern for some who say more diversity is needed in the classroom. Michael Pope reports.

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Teachers in Virginia Consider Way Forward

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Hundreds of educators from across the state are in Richmond this weekend, considering their next steps in pushing for more state funding. It comes at a time when new numbers show Virginia teachers are paid almost $10,000 below the national average. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Northam Proposes 5-Percent Teacher Raise

governor-northam-official-photo_800Governor Ralph Northam is proposing a five-percent pay raise for teachers. It’s just one among a list of education priorities the Governor will present to lawmakers next week. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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New Report: Suspension Rates Higher Among Black Students in Virginia

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Discipline in Virginia’s schools is not colorblind, according to a new report that suggests lawmakers take a closer look at school discipline practices. Michael Pope has the story.

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Richmond Passes Teacher Free Speech Resolution

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As more teachers in Virginia organize and advocate for more money in public schools, some worry that advocacy isn’t welcome. Now Richmond is seeking to reassure teachers they have the right to speak up. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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New Law Sets Cap on Suspensions

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In Virginia, some students are suspended for months, or even an entire school year. A new law that takes effect July 1st, seeks to change that. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Chesterfield Superintendent to Take on Statewide Role

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Virginia has a new superintendent of public instruction, current Chesterfield County superintendent James Layne. Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement in Richmond Thursday. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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At CodeRVA, High School Mimics the Workplace

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Most of the school is a big open air office space, located in an industrial part of Richmond. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

There’s a push to get students excited about computer science and tech. A new public high school in Richmond is tapping into that trend. But the school, called CodeRVA, isn’t just relying on innovative curriculum. It’s also an entirely different model of teaching, where school is a workplace. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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The On-Going Debate Over Standardized Testing in Virginia

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As lawmakers return to Richmond this year, many of them will be focused on reforming Virginia’s system of standardized testing. Michael Pope has the story.

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Northam Taps Northern Virginia Middle School Teacher for Education Secretary

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Governor-elect Ralph Northam names Beville Middle School teacher Atif Qarni as the next secretary of education. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Governor-elect Ralph Northam is filling out key Cabinet posts in the run-up to his inauguration next month, and this week he’s outlining his new education team. Michael Pope has the story.

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With Election Day Looming, Education Policies Move to Forefront of Gubernatorial Race

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Republican Ed Gillespie (right) gestures towards Democrat Ralph Northam during the last gubernatorial debate of the campaign earlier this month. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

During the election season, Virginia’s two major-party candidates for governor have clashed on everything from environmental issues to health care. This week a new division is emerging on education policy. Michael Pope has details.

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Study: Post-High School Education Lags In Some Parts Of Virginia

graduationVirginia is one of the most highly educated states in the country.  A new report, however, shows an uneven nature to that education, with some communities left behind. Michael Pope reports.

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School Discipline Reform Will Be On General Assembly Docket

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When students misbehave, how much discipline is too much? Lawmakers will be tackling that issue when they convene in Richmond for this year’s session. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Report: Virginia’s Schools More Segregated Than a Decade Ago

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A recent report found that Virginia’s public schools are more segregated today than ten years ago. According to the report, students who are poor, black, and Latino in Virginia are increasingly isolated — attending schools with other students like themselves. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Teacher Residency Model Gains National Attention

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Teacher Dana Lockhart is still in training and is a member of VCU’s teacher residency program. Here she teaches while VCU President Michael Rao looks on. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF / RADIO IQ)

If you want to be a teacher, you can go to school and pay for your master’s in education. Or, you can make a 4-year commitment to teaching in Richmond Public Schools in exchange for a master’s degree through Virginia Commonwealth University, a practically-guaranteed job, and learning through doing. It’s a unique approach — there are only about 20 programs like it in the country. Now, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the federal government is taking notice.

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Department of Education to Change Policies Over Principals and School Nurses

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Strapped for cash, some public schools in Virginia are operating without a principal or a nurse, but the state’s board of education met today to discuss requiring those jobs be filled. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Roanoke Preschool to Receive State Funding

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Governor Terry McAuliffe was in Roanoke today to visit a preschool. The school is receiving money through a new grant program that’s part of a state-wide focus on early childhood education. Nick Gilmore reports.

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Students File Discrimination Complaint Against Richmond Public Schools

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Students and advocacy groups in Richmond are accusing school administrators of unfairly disciplining black students, and students with disabilities. Two students and a local chapter of the NAACP filed a federal discrimination complaint against Richmond Public Schools Wednesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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‘It Really Hurts When You Know How Hard You’re Working’: Veteran Teacher Reflects on Career

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More than 8,000 teachers and administrators are currently gathered in the country’s capital for the National Education Association‘s annual conference. Among them is Meg Gruber, president of Virginia’s Education Association.

Gruber is the outgoing president of the VEA, and a veteran teacher of more than 30 years. Before she headed up to D.C., Gruber sat down with reporter Mallory Noe-Payne to talk about how education, at its heart, is  a local issue not a national one.

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