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Why Virginia Needs A Charter School Amendment(2)

February 3, 2016

Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Rob Bell have proposed a Virginia constitutional amendment permitting the State Board of Education to authorize public charter schools. If passed this year by the General Assembly, it goes to the voters for approval in November. Because charter schools are relatively unknown in Virginia, it’s important to understand how they […]

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The Revolution In Online Education Nearing Takeoff

The revolution in online education continues. It’s just taking longer than it should. Two years ago, the Georgia Institute of Technology partnered with Udacity, a company that runs massively open online courses (MOOCs) and ATT to launch an online masters degree in computer science charging a fraction the cost per credit hour. Georgia Tech was […]

College Degrees Help Recession Recovery

Apparently a college degree does make a difference – at least when it comes to a region’s ability to recover from recession. Northern Virginia is a driver of growth in our state. This was the case in the period between the last two recessions. From 2002 through 2007, employment in the Northern Virginia portion of […]

Shutting Down the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Amid growing national concerns about “mass incarceration,” particularly of African-Americans, a Center for Public Integrity study found in August that Virginia schools refer students to law enforcement agencies at a higher rate than schools in any other state in the country — and three times the national average. The report highlighted the case of an autistic, […]


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