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24 Feb 2013

Like Kids, Schools Will Get Letter Grades

Students will not be the only ones who may dread showing their grades to parents. Starting in 2014, each Virginia public school will get a letter grade ranging from A to F.

23 Feb 2013

General Assembly OKs Budget Amendments

The Virginia General Assembly approved amendments to the state’s two-year budget Saturday that included education initiatives and Medicaid reforms.

15 Feb 2013

Panel OKs State Takeover of Poor Schools

A constitutional amendment allowing the state to take over a failing school narrowly survived the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee and is now before the full Senate.

11 Feb 2013

Republicans Cite Success on Education Issues

House Republicans celebrated the success of their education reforms in the first half of the General Assembly session at a press conference Monday.

06 Feb 2013

Bills Would Boost Teach for America

Legislation that would grant a provisional teaching license to Teach for America participants is moving toward passage in the General Assembly.

06 Feb 2013

Bill Would Change Who Names School Board

he House has passed a bill to eliminate the school board selection commissions in localities such as Southampton County and to have the county supervisors appoint the school board instead.

04 Feb 2013

House Passes McDonnell’s School Grading Plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell praised the House after delegates on Monday passed legislation that would provide a simpler way to understand a school’s performance and the state’s accreditation system.

03 Feb 2013

Law Would Tell Parents about Eating Disorders

The House has passed a bill requiring Virginia school boards to give students’ parents information about eating disorders.

02 Feb 2013

Jeb Bush Touts McDonnell’s School Grading Plan

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is helping promote Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to rate Virginia’s schools on an A-through-F grading scale. Bush joined McDonnell in a conference call on Friday to praise the Virginia chief executive’s K-12 education reform agenda.

13 Jan 2013

Sen. Puckett Expresses Concern Over Funding

As the General Assembly convened for its 2013 session, Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Tazewell, said his top priorities are to increase funding for K-12 education in southwestern Virginia and authorize local governments to levy a severance tax on coal.

17 Feb 2012

School Consolidation Study Dies in House

A proposal inspired by Isle of Wight County to study the benefits of consolidating certain administrative functions of school districts and local governments died in the House this week. Delegate Rick Morris, the sponsor of House Joint Resolution 110, said the goal was to “look for cost savings and apply those cost savings to the classroom.”