Tag Archive: K-12 Education

Feb 10

Advocating for Our Profession is not an Optional Thing

The General Assembly has been extremely busy this session. With the Governor’s focus on education during this upcoming year, the representatives in the house and the senate have been quick to take up that calling. HERE is a link to VASSP’s blog on happenings at General Assembly, Capital Issues. In it, our full time lobbyist, Bet Neal, goes …

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Feb 24

Virginia Board of Education Meeting – February – 2012

The Virginia Board of Education February  meeting was held in Richmond in the Department of Education facilities on Thursday, February 23 2012.  The agenda and related documents may be reviewed at www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2012/02_feb/agenda.shtml A summary of the meeting is as follows: Election of the Offices of President and Vice President of the Board of Education for 2012-2014.  Mr. David …

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Feb 16

Governor McDonnell Advances ‘Opportunity To Learn’ Education Agenda for 2012

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced his 2012 legislative and budget actions that support his administrations ‘Opportunity To Learn’  K-12 education agenda on Thursday, February 9 in Richmond.  VASSP has monitored the education legislative actions for this session of the General Assembly and among them are items from the governor’s education agenda. One bill that has received close attention …

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Feb 07

New Reports Bridge K-12 & Higher Education Data Divide

The Virginia Department of Education has just released information on postsecondary enrollment and achievement of Virginia high school graduates.  These reports are a part of the state’s efforts to improve on the quality and detail of the data on educational outcomes for educators and in particular, high school principals and guidance counselors.  The busy schedules …

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Jan 27

General Assembly Report – January 27

Early Thursday morning, the Senate bill to allow local school boards the discretion to open schools before Labor Day received a “thumbs down” in a Senate committee on a razor-thin vote while the same version of a House bill received an overwhelming “yes” vote late in the afternoon in a House Education subcommittee, setting up …

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Jan 20

State of the Commonwealth’s Public Schools

Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Patricia I. Wright shared her observations on the state of the commonwealth’s public schools with the House Education Committee on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Her remarks highlighted student achievement, innovative VDOE and Board of Education programs and policies and the challenge of higher standards. You can access her comments at …

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Jan 11

Tenth Anniversary of NCLB: Reason to Celebrate or Commiserate?

GUEST POST: As NCLB turns 10, Superintendent Charles Maranzano (Hopatcong, NJ), provides insights from the front lines about the impact this law has had on schools, students and learning. He concludes that educational issues are “determined locally and solved locally by dedicated professionals who are in the best position to know what it takes to …

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Jan 03

Governor McDonnell’s Legislative Initiatives

The Governor’s legislative initiatives are taking shape, and he is lining up the “movers and shakers” in the Republican Party to carry his bills in the 2012 Session. McDonnell has made it clear that he plans to impose significant, new reforms on K-12 through legislation and says he will concentrate on quality over funding and …

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