Tag: public education


Virginia awards $21.5 million in grants for stormwater pollution reduction efforts

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has awarded about $21.5 million in grants under the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund.

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UVA researchers find declining enrollment in most Virginia school divisions

While the overall population in Virginia is growing, public school enrollment increased in fewer than than one-third of school divisions in the commonwealth between 2008 and 2013.

Albemarle goes gold in Virginia Municipal League Green Government Challenge

Albemarle County has received a gold level certification in the 2014 Green Government Challenge, which is part of the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative that kicked off in late 2007.


Bureau of Insurance reminds Virginians to renew insurance before hurricanes, disasters

With more than two months left in hurricane season, the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance reminds Virginians to remain vigilant when it comes to protecting their property from loss.


VCU School of Education celebrates 50 years

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education is marking its 50th anniversary during the 2014-2015 academic year with special events, guest lectures and fundraising for the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund.

Ken Plum: Back to school

Although it has been many years since I was a teacher in the classroom, I still get a nervous stomach around Labor Day each year in anticipation of the beginning of a new school year.

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Community Foundation opens Dawbarn Awards nominations

Is there someone in our community who you think exemplifies the spirit of service for our children in public education? If so, consider nominating them for a prestigious 2014 Dawbarn Education Award. A total of $100,000 will be awarded to 10 deserving individuals that inspire, encourage and foster learning.


ACLU of Virginia slams Virginia State Board of Elections

The ACLU of Virginia denounces today’s decision by the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) to backtrack and pass a regulation banning voters from using expired Virginia driver’s licenses & U.S. passports for voting.

Virginia music teacher elected secretary-treasurer of nation’s largest union

Princess Moss, an elementary school music teacher from Louisa County, Virginia, who has long championed bringing back music and fine arts education to America’s public schools, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the National Education Association.

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Wildlife Center to release bald eagle in Virginia Beach on Tuesday

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, will release a juvenile Bald Eagle on Tuesday, July 8 at 11:00 a.m. near the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach.

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Senate passes budget with Marketplace Virginia as key feature

The full Senate passed a bipartisan budget containing Marketplace Virginia, the compromise “private option” designed to close the health care coverage gap and enable up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians to access care.

Sen. Tim Kaine holds economic development roundtable in Clifton Forge

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion with local business leaders and elected officials from Covington, Alleghany County and Clifton Forge on Friday at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.


Poll: Support growing in South for marriage equality

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows a majority (50%) of people in the South support same-sex couples’ freedom to marry, with 42% opposed. A record-high 59% of Americans nationwide support marriage for gay couples.

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Attorney General Mark Herring comments on same sex marriage case

Attorney General Mark R. Herring released a statement after oral arguments were heard Tuesday in Bostic v. Rainey, a challenge in federal court to Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage.

McAuliffe nominates Anne Holton as Secretary of Education

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced at a press conference on Friday the nomination of Former First Lady Anne Holton to be his Secretary of Education.

Virginia Poverty Law Center launches new initiative to fight hunger

With funding from the Food Research and Action Center, the Virginia Poverty Law Center has launched a new initiative to fight hunger in the Commonwealth – Virginia Hunger Solutions. VPLC’s work in this area will be led by LaTonya Reed, public benefits staff attorney at the Center.

McAuliffe ad hits Cuccinelli on education plan

Terry McAuliffe’s campaign released a new TV ad, “Schools,” highlighting Ken Cuccinelli’s plan to divert funds away from public schools to private schools.

McAuliffe releases new report on potential impacts of Cuccinelli tax plan

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign today released a new report, “Virginia’s Schools in Danger,” which provides locality-based data on how Ken Cuccinelli’s tax plan could cut public education funding in communities across Virginia.

Chris Graham: Sure, follow the private-school model

You’re throwing money away. Bad money after good. Schools are failing, and all we’re doing is propping them up and pretending that it’s not happening

Senate Dems oppose education cuts

Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed deep cuts to K-12 public education and pre-kindergarten in his 2012-2014 budget. Senate Democratic leaders are raising issue with the governor’s budget, with one calling McDonnell “the most anti-public education governor” of the last three decades. “There is no way we should be taking money out of public education in […]

David Reynolds: Standing for opportunity

Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net    “Where you stand depends upon where you sit,” has eight simple words which explain politics. But it need not. Stands have and will be taken during the discussions over where to cut our local school budgets in these tough fiscal times. Mostly they spring from where […]

The governor’s seal of approval

Westwood Hills Elementary among those honored by Kaine Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today announced that 153 Virginia public schools have earned the 2010 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence. The award is the highest honor under the Virginia Index of Performance incentive program created by the Board of Education in 2007 […]

In Depth | Not so elementary redistricting

Waynesboro reacts to proposed reconfiguration of city elementary schools Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Westwood Hills to William Perry, then back to Westwood Hills. Two transitions in two years. That’s what Liz Barnes is facing for her son, Josh. “I’m not in the PTO, I’m not as much in the loop as I’d like to […]

Focus | The next step in Saxman’s political career?

Pol to head up education transition Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Chris Saxman’s career in the House of Delegates is winding down. Could a new avenue be opening up with a possible job in the McDonnell administration? “Obviously that’s natural speculation,” said Saxman, who this week confirmed that he is co-chairing the Bob McDonnell transition […]

Focus | Broad-based, bipartisan support for school choice

Story by Chris Graham With AFP Video Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents support school-choice policies including legislative initiatives that would create tax-credit scholarships and school vouchers, according to a new poll released by a coalition of groups that back school choice. The poll, commissioned by The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by […]