Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 31

VASSP President Presents Testimony to State Board of Education

“It is becoming increasingly difficult for educators … to ensure student success and promote more rigor and higher expectations in the face of decreased funding, fewer support and professional staff and unfunded mandates that come with increased responsibilities.” So began President Keith’s remarks to State Board members who invited education association representatives to discuss the …

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Jul 28

What Really Makes Staff Development “Good” ?

You must admit…there have been staff development activities provided for you that have brought you close to narcolepsy and others that challenged you, had you taking notes on the margins of the handouts and leaving you ready and eager to return to your building and share the concepts with your staff. Your teachers are the same, so …

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Jul 27

July State Board Meeting Information for Administrators

The Virginia Board of Education met on July 26, 2012 in the James Monroe Building to take action on several items. I have posted one in this blog report that I feel will be of interest to building administrators . You may review all of the items on the agenda with more detail than will be provided …

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Jul 11

Governor McDonald’s Education Reform Summit

The governor’s office has released an announcement for a K-12 Education Forum to be held in Richmond August 15 -17.  The title of the forum is “The Governor’s Education Reform Summit: Investing in Schools Today, Creating the Workforce of Tomorrow.” If you would like more information about this event and the registration information, go to http://www.governor.virginia.gov/news/viewRelease.cfm?id=1333 …

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Jul 02

Say “Goodbye” to No Child Left Behind

It has finally happened.  Virginia, along with four other states, has been granted a waiver from the restrictions dictated by the No Child Left Behind legislation that has hampered educational growth and development since 2002. In a recent newspaper article, Dr. Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction in Virginia commented “It’s certainly a long time coming …

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