Stories tagged: "Education Policy"


Education
Virginia History Standards Revised: They’re Teaching WHAT?!

The previous version of proposed standard changes while Gov. Ralph Northam was in office received a comprehensive review by experts including educators, historians, professors, museums, organizations, parents, teachers, and VDOE staff. The current version proposed under Youngkin’s governorship did not undergo the same checks and balances. 

FILE - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks prior to signing a bill that bans mask mandates in public schools in Virginia on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Richmond, Va. Virginians have used a tip line Youngkin set up to submit concerns about curriculum, remote learning, controversial books, mask policies, teachers and other topics, according to a sampling of emails provided to news outlets as part of a settlement agreement. While some positive feedback was included in the batch, the majority expressed anger or frustration with teachers, administrators and school policies.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Virginia Education Tip Line Sees Concerns From Parents

Virginians have used an education tip line Gov. Glenn Youngkin set up to submit concerns about curriculum, remote learning, books, mask policies, teachers and other topics, according to a sampling of emails provided to news outlets as part of a settlement agreement.

Reading, PA - October 15: Reading School District Special Education teacher Leslie Esterly works with kindergarten student Levi Wilson, 6, outside in the 700 block of North 8th street in Reading Thursday afternoon October 15, 2020. The Reading School District is conducting school virtually during the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, but some of the special education teachers are going to the homes of students to work with them one-on-one outdoors. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Special Education Students 3x As Likely To Get In-School Suspension In Fairfax County

FCPS students with disabilities were disproportionately suspended compared to their peers without disabilities.

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6,200 Virginia Students in Danger of Losing Rights and Protections Against Discrimination

Virginia schools will have to adopt the new transgender guidelines—or more comprehensive policies— after a 30-day comment period beginning on Sept. 26. 

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin gestures as he delivers remarks during opening ceremonies for the new offices of Empower AI Wednesday July 20, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Teacher Shortage: Youngkin Seeking Career Switchers, Military Veterans, And Other Professionals

The executive directive aims to address the commonwealth's teacher shortages. The directive poses a nine-step method to remove obstacles that those seeking their own classroom might face. 

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Virginia History Standards On Hold

The state public schools superintendent also requested that the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-wing education policy think tank, review the draft standards.

Have You Heard About Virginia Schools’ ‘Sexually Explicit Material’ Guidelines?

Senate Bill 656 held multiple objectives, including that the Virginia Department of Education develop model policies, that each local school board adopt those policies, and then that parents receive notification of any instructional material including sexually explicit content.