Category Archives: Education

A Charter School Proposal That Can Help Children

During my four years on the Virginia State Board of Education the most frustrating question was “What can we do about school divisions that persistently fail to effectively educate their children?” Virginia’s public education system remains one of the top … Continue reading

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Military Families Deserve Choices

Military dependent children move 6-9 times during their K-12 years, according to the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). Although there is much uncertainty in every move, Military families typically begin the relocation process with two questions: 1) Where will we … Continue reading

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“Why Would We Not Want to Do More?”

Attracted by their “Free Breakfast for Children” and community health clinic program, Lois Bias joined the Black Panthers in college. Today, having long abandoned the Panthers after they turned violent, she continues to advance the mission of helping people out … Continue reading

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Virginia as Best-Educated State – A Worthy Goal?

The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, the strategic plan for Virginia’s public colleges and universities, has set a bold objective: to make Virginia the best-educated state in the nation by 2030. To accomplish this goal, the State Council for Higher … Continue reading

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Virginia shouldn’t waste its unique opportunity to overhaul its school accountability system

By Michael J. Petrilli and Brandon L. Wright Virginia needs to improve its accountability system for K–12 education. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It encourages schools to narrowly focus on the … Continue reading

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