Posts Tagged Education
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.
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.
Virginia history is complicated, and now teachers in Virginia will have help explaining some of the racial elements to students. Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“And We’re Not Paying Them for That” Educators Flock to Richmond Requesting More Funding, Better Pay
Educators from across Virginia are in Richmond today, pressing lawmakers to fully fund education this year. Michael Pope reports from Capitol Square.
Is the way Virginia funds its schools equitable? That’s a topic up for debate in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is hoping to get his hands on new funding streams for early childhood education. Michael Pope reports.
The 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.
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.
Governor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did the Obama administration go too far when it directed the nation’s schools to let transgender students use bathrooms of their choice? The Gloucester County School board is asking the United States Supreme Court to consider their appeal of a fourth circuit ruling allowing a transgender student to use the boys bathroom. Michael Pope has the story.
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.
The bill allows schools to extend the probation period for new teachers from three to five years and requires teacher and administrator performance evaluations to include student academic progress. It also permits dismissal of a teacher with at least one unsatisfactory evaluation. Senator Ralph Northam proposed making that two or more.
“It gives the teacher just a little bit more opportunity, a little bit more fairness, in the overall picture and allows an extra year to be able to follow to see if they have improvements.”
But Senator Dick Black said teachers told him that every school has an under-performing teacher.
“And they were encouraging us to move forward and to make it easier to transition those teachers who are not performing into a more suitable field of work.”
The Senate also sent to the governor bills to allow local school divisions more flexibility in assigning support staff AND to add requirements for early reading intervention in kindergarten through second grade.
-by Anne Marie Morgan