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Va. lawmakers upset that publisher refuses to submit schoolbooks to state’s education department

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Sat, 12/17/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

A year after Virginia overhauled its textbook approval process in an effort to cleanse classrooms of error-ridden books, one publisher is refusing to submit its scholarship to the state Department

Fairfax elementary schools abandoning letter grades

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Sat, 09/24/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

There won’t be any more straight-A students next year in Fairfax County elementary schools. Thanks to a bold change in grading policy, there won’t be any more A’s at all — or, for that matter, B’s, C’s or D’s. The letter grades stamped on report cards across America, long symbols of academic success or failure, are vanishing from many schools in the Washington area and beyond.

For Va.’s proposed teacher merit-pay program, few hands in the air

Published on: 
Thu, 06/23/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Virginia’s ambitious program to compensate teachers based on performance has encountered its first hurdle: Only 6 percent of eligible schools have elected to participate.

Virginia superintendents push for earlier SOL testing

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Thu, 06/02/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Several prominent Virginia superintendents are pushing the state to give standardized tests months earlier in the school year, a shift they say would reduce the impact of testing on classes and free teachers to offer more meaningful lessons.

School districts move away from honors classes in favor of AP courses

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Sun, 05/22/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Not long ago, honors courses were considered a hallmark of student achievement, a designation that impressed colleges and made parents beam.

Virginia debates personal finance course

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Thu, 05/05/2011
Media Source: 
Connection Newspapers

When Virginia officials decided every student should take a course on personal finance and economics, their goal was to ensure that high school graduates have practical skills in the wake of the global financial crisis.But some Nor

McDonnell pushes teacher merit pay in Va. schools

Published on: 
Wed, 04/20/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Officials in Fairfax and Loudoun counties said they probably would reject the money even though McDonnell (R) was offering it at a time of strained budgets.

As Thomas Jefferson adds help for poor English skills, some Va. parents fume

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Sun, 03/20/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

As Northern Virginia became home to more immigrant families in recent decades, Fairfax County officials say they started programs to teach English as a second language at every school — about 200 of them. Except one.

Va. school officials complain of costs of parents' FOIA requests

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Sun, 02/06/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post
In her fight to keep her daughter's Fairfax County school from closing, Elizabeth Schultz found a new tool in an old law, filing more than a dozen Freedom of Information Act requests to bolster the case for Clifton Elementary. Schultz knows that the filings can be costly. Her last request for a trove of school officials' e-mails came with a shocking price tag: $624,000. She revised the request before it was processed.

Disputed Va. textbook wasn't reviewed by history experts

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Thu, 10/21/2010
Media Source: 
Washington Post
State officials had no historian review the textbook "Our Virginia" before it was distributed to fourth-graders last month with a passage saying - wrongly, according to most scholars - that thousands of African Americans fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.