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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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“We Were Encouraged to Make the Student Fail”

If you thought the scandal of the Alexandria school principal weeding out weak students from the Standards of Learning (SOL) exams was bad, you ain’t heard nothing yet. In a superb piece of investigative journalism, Cherise Newsome with theVirginian-Pilot has exposed SOL-gaming in … Continue reading

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Strategic Investment Funds: Not Just for UVa Anymore

The University of Virginia’s controversial $2.2 billion Strategic Investment Fund is such a great idea that UVa officials are recommending it as a model for other state universities. By adopting UVa’s approach and consolidating university reserve funds statewide, a sum that could … Continue reading

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How to Cut UVA Tuition 74% Without Really Trying

Helen Dragas, former rector of the University of Virginia, tried yesterday in op-eds published in the Roanoke Times andDaily Progress to jump-start a conversation about how to dispose of roughly $100 million a year income from a $2.3 billion “Strategic Investment … Continue reading

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Can Atlanta’s East Lake Experiment Work in Virginia?

It is axiomatic among social scientists that concentrating poor people in public housing projects accentuates the social pathologies that make poverty self-perpetuating and unbearable. The oft-touted solution is to create more mixed-income neighborhoods that de-concentrate poverty. Presumably, the presence of working- … Continue reading

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