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Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond J. Simon told Virginia officials that if officials failed to take “appropriate action, this department may take enforcement action against the state.”
February 7, 2007 – Education Week
Officials call it unfair to require stricter reading test for some still working on skills.
January 31, 2007 – Education Week
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine reiterated his desire to expand preschool options for Virginia children in the State of the Commonwealth address he delivered to the legislature Jan. 10, saying his budget plan offers a way to expand early-learning programs, including those offered by religious institutions.
January 17, 2007 – Education Week
The Fairfax County, Va., school board is considering a resolution to refuse to comply with a requirement by the federal government to change how the district assesses some of its beginning English-language learners under the No Child Left Behind Act.
January 17, 2007 – Education Week
Despite requests for leeway, federal education officials are standing firm in requiring New York and Virginia education officials, as of this school year, to stop using scores from English-language-proficiency tests to calculate adequate yearly progress for such students.
December 20, 2006 – Education Week
The Virginia state board of education has turned down a request from several district superintendents to recalculate the results of the state’s Standards of Learning tests without factoring in some lower-than-expected math scores at the 4th, 6th, and 7th grades.
October 18, 2006 – Education Week
In a push to provide more children with free tutoring under the No Child Left Behind Act, U.S. Department of Education officials have announced the expansion of two pilot programs that allow school districts to offer the extra assistance a year earlier than usual, and to serve as tutoring providers even if they themselves have been deemed poor performers.
July 27, 2006 – Education Week (Web)
First-year Gov. Timothy M. Kaine presided over one of the worst legislative stalemates in Virginia’s history, as a session that would normally last 60 days dragged out three extra months while legislators bickered over transportation issues.
July 26, 2006 – Education Week
All public K-12 schools in Virginia will be required to teach their students about Internet safety, starting in the fall.
April 26, 2006 – Education Week
April 12, 2006 – Education Week

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