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March 24, 2015

A-F School Accountability Over in Virginia After Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs Bill

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, signed A-F into law two years ago, but the bill ending it came from a fellow Republican in the state Senate.

February 17, 2015

Va. Bill Would Equip Unarmed School Guards With Pepper Spray, Stun Guns

Critics are concerned the weapons would be used on students.

January 21, 2015

Bill to End A-F Accountability Before It Begins Advances in Virginia

The A-F system was a highlight of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's K-12 policy changes, but it was delayed last year, and it could soon be on its way out.

September 17, 2014

More Virginia Schools Fall Short of State Accreditation Under Rigorous Tests

This is the second straight year in which the number of schools failing to receive accreditation increased, a slide that began after the state enacted tougher assessments.

June 30, 2014

NCLB Waiver States Struggle to Turn Around Low-Performing Schools

An Education Week analysis of recent federal monitoring reports finds that many states were hard-pressed to turn around the bottom 5 percent of schools and help schools with persistent achievement gaps.

March 12, 2014

Virginia Superintendent Wright Set to Retire Later This Year

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright will leave the department in May, as Virginia's education policy landscape undergoes key shifts.

February 11, 2014

When Has Federal Money Been Used to Create State Standards?

A site intended to debunk myths about the common core raises questions about the exact nature of federal financial support for state standards.

January 30, 2014

Sea of Japan Puts Virginia Gov. McAuliffe in Hot Water With Textbook Spat

A pledge by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to address the name of a sea between Japan and the Korean Peninsula in Virginia textbooks has highlighted historical animosities.

November 01, 2013

School Choice in the 2013 Elections

Here is a look at a few of the 2013 elections where school choice has been a major factor in the campaigns.

October 24, 2013

Va. Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Testing, Teacher Pay, School Choice

Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the two candidates for governor in Virginia, focused on school choice, testing, teacher pay, and school safety during their Thursday night debate.

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