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Manual-Damascus Middle School designated a 'School to Watch'
Apr 27, 11:05 AM:

Southwest VA middle school named 'School To Watch' because it goes beyond Standards of Learning (SOLs) to give students real-world skills. Extremely detailed look at program criteria. Would like to know impact, if any, >

The merits of Gov. McDonnell’s pay plan for teachers
Apr 27, 4:56 AM:

Editorial praises VA Gov’s plan for performance pay, questions why county would resist on the basis of 1980's results (criteria for gauging teacher success have evolved) and rightly dismisses VA union's unfair criticism. >

McDonnell pushes teacher merit pay in Va. schools
Apr 20, 5:03 AM:

VA Gov creates merit-pay program for 169 schools selected because they are hard to staff. Unfortunately, school district folks say some schools on list aren't hard to staff. Union says earlier attempt at merit pay failed >

County's priorities are questioned
Apr 13, 1:26 PM:

Westmoreland County supervisors in hot water for planning multi-million dollar judicial building rather than allocate money to schools. While schools need to rid waste, let go of incompetent teachers, plans for new >

Focus on teachers, not class size
Mar 28, 9:35 AM:


Long held gold standard -- smaller classes -- now getting second look in. Editorial calls for bigger classes and better/more effective teachers; raises important points given economic reality.


It's worth a try >

School leaders fear deep cuts
Mar 9, 12:20 PM:

Due to economic constraints, PA Governor Tom Corbett proposes cutting budget to 2008, pre-stimulus level. Wants teachers to waive contracts, agree to pay freeze. How other states are addressing economic crisis and how >

Va. African Americans split in battle for school choice
Feb 27, 3:03 PM:

Black community split over vouchers in VA.  Member of legislative Black Caucus votes against state's voucher bill because "public education is the answer."  Other side says it's not the '60s anymore and public education >

Virtual enrollment, real profit
Feb 25, 8:24 AM:

Demand for virtual learning in VA prompts York county to offer own program, with courses at $550 each. Waiting for state approval to open enrollment beyond district boundary. Confusing information on who is charged and >

Schools bill sails through Senate
Feb 23, 10:35 AM:

VA Senate passes bill to let public schools function more like charters, apply for exemptions from state regulations. Presumption is that charters are succeeding, should be emulated. So nail it down; provide the data.

Leaders in Roanoke Rally to Stop Education Cuts
Feb 22, 4:31 PM:

VA teachers rally against potential budget cuts. Says ralliers support a "kid-friendly" Senate budget bill. What does this mean? No additional info on what policies/programs are friendly to kids, though complaints about >

Some see inequity in Virginia 'virtual school'
Feb 22, 12:10 PM:

Policy allows private provider, K12 Inc., to maximize profits by partnering with poorest district. Gov. McDonnell wants expansion to meet parent/student demand, but Senate proposes cap to study funding issue. Other >

Education advocates make plea to lawmakers
Feb 15, 11:12 AM:

VA ed advocates rallied for restored funding following economy growth. Unexplored: The impact of these cuts on student progress, and how Governor plans to deliver on education regardless of budget challenges.

Principal's accusations against superintendent leave Arlington concerned
Feb 4, 3:10 PM:

Parents and teachers divide in their response to a disparaging letter to the superintendent from a former Arlington, Va., principal. You might want to examine inefffective teacher termination and effects on students.

Principal's e-mail causes alarm in Arlington
Feb 4, 10:28 AM:

Principal blasts angry email about employee deemed "incompetent" and "a safety concern" who was not dismissed by Arlington Superintendent. Lets the public know how difficult firing school employees can be.

Laws Creating Charter Difficulty In VA, MD
Jan 31, 1:43 PM:


Explains the difficulty charter school advocates have in Virginia and Maryland. Notes the difficult approval process for charters, lack of appeal and lack of autonomy for charters, leading to few charters.

Stafford schools facing needs
Jan 26, 12:04 PM:

Does not discuss issues like teacher tenure and evaluation. Mentions rewarding employees for years of service, but not for student performance. Need more about creating efficiency through teacher performance evaluations. >

Va county picked for national education meeting
Jan 25, 10:56 AM:

AP article gives the facts but no context. VA county is chosen to participate in a national education conference but it is not clear what this conference has set out to do. And what were the criteria for choosing >

VA gov touts K-12 merit-pay, corporate tax credits
Jan 20, 11:10 AM:

VA Governor Bob McDonnell promises to give teachers awards for working in difficult schools. Good idea but why not full performance-based salaries? And does he have consistent methods for evaluating performance?

Roanoke's schools chief anticipates difficult 2012
Jan 20, 10:59 AM:

The Roanoke school system--like virtually every other--is facing hard economic times. There are less drastic alternatives to closing schools or firing teachers, including charters.

Va. groups ask for K-12 reinvestment
Jan 20, 10:13 AM:

The Virginia PTA is lobbying for increased funding of K-12 education at state level, cuts last year forced counties to raise local taxes to pay for education and resulted in layoffs.  Article doesn't cover what programs >



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