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A $246,000 grant from the Department of Justice to the Prince William County school district will be used to pilot-test a new type of software that allows communication among a wide range of devices that school districts already have—including cellphones, walkie-talkies, personal digital assistants, and even video cameras.
October 26, 2005 – Education Week
Virginia voters say education is one of their top election issues in this fall’s race for governor. But with less than a month to go before Election Day, it’s hard to tell if Democratic candidate Timothy M. Kaine’s plan for universal prekindergarten or Republican Jerry W. Kilgore’s proposal for teacher merit pay have energized the voters they want to woo.
October 19, 2005 – Education Week
Students are more likely than ever to serve as members of state and local school boards. But are their voices really heard? A new survey suggests that, in fact, they are.
October 5, 2005 – Education Week
The Norfolk, Va., school district won the Broad Prize in Urban Education last week for its outsized progress in improving achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority children.
September 28, 2005 – Education Week
Jo Lynne DeMary has announced she will retire as Virginia’s state superintendent of public instruction, as of Jan. 1.
September 21, 2005 – Education Week
Four Virginia districts can provide students in low-performing schools with free tutoring before offering them the choice of switching to a higher-performing public school, under the first waiver granted by the federal government under the No Child Left Behind Act.
September 7, 2005 – Education Week
Four Virginia districts can provide students in low-performing schools with free tutoring before offering them the choice of switching to a higher-performing public school, under the first waiver granted by the federal government under the No Child Left Behind Act.
August 29, 2005 – Education Week (Web)
Mayor Douglas L. Wilder of Richmond, Va., has formed a watchdog panel charged with ensuring that the city's school board makes the schools safer and more academically successful. The committee, announced July 19, will focus on academic performance, school safety, truancy and dropouts, and finance and administration.
August 10, 2005 – Education Week
A bipartisan group of seven Virginia state legislators has written U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings seeking responses to state waiver requests under the No Child Left Behind Act before the new school year begins.
August 10, 2005 – Education Week
While many districts are seeing less Title I aid in the 2005-06 school year, others—particularly larger urban districts with high concentrations of disadvantaged students—are getting a bump up, according to a study released last month by the Washington-based Center on Education Policy.
August 10, 2005 – Education Week

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