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The Coming Education Challenge(3)

January 7, 2015

Virginia’s K-12 education community is in for challenging times. The annual Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) report examining Standards of Quality (SOQ) education funding demonstrated that state spending on K-12 education rose only 0.2 percent over the past year – and that spending per student dropped by 0.4 percent. But that’s only the […]

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The Flourishing of Dumb Ideas

It’s been said that when it comes to good ideas in education, there are no Republican or Democratic ideas. The same could be said for dumb ideas in education, including one born in the George W. Bush Administration and vigorously defended in the Barack Obama Administration. The idea? That, after a year on our shores, […]

Who Speaks for the Victims of the ‘Victims’?

Cosmological theorists posit the existence of an infinitude of alternate universes. In one of those universes, perhaps there is one with a Henrico County School System that collects data showing that African-American students are more likely to suffer from violence and disrupted classes in school rather than data showing that African-American students are more likely to be […]

Where Does Virginia Stand On Education Reform?

A quarter century ago this month, the move to standards-based education kicked off in Charlottesville, Virginia. There, President George H.W. Bush and the man who would succeed him, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, led an education summit of the nation’s governors aimed at examining what the nation’s education goals should be, the role of the states […]


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