March 14, 1999 |
As California and other states press for better performance from public schools, they may soon discover a lesson that Virginia learned this year the hard way: If you raise academic expectations, prepare at first for failure. Virginia, like California, has adopted detailed new benchmarks for what students should know from grade to grade in English, mathematics, history and science. Here they call them "Standards of Learning."
August 19, 1988
A federal judge ruled that Virginia's system of appointive school boards, the only one of its kind in the nation, is constitutional despite arguments that it discriminates against blacks. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit challenging the process on behalf of seven black citizens earlier this year, alleging that blacks' ability to win school board appointments was limited in the vast majority of cases.
August 18, 1990 |
Gov. L. Douglas Wilder said he plans to cut $333 million in local aid to help balance the state budget, and those reductions will hurt school budgets. Speaking to state Senate committees in Richmond, Va., Wilder detailed his plans to deal with a projected $1.4-billion deficit in the state's $26-billion 1990-92 biennial budget. Wilder's budget director, Karen Washabau, said other cuts the governor has proposed in state agency spending could cause 400 to 1,500 layoffs.
January 3, 1988
A 5-year-old girl banned from school because she has AIDS will be allowed to return to kindergarten in Fairfax County, Va. Still pending was a suit by the child's mother seeking a court order requiring readmission, although the school board voted 8 to 0 in favor of letting the child back. The child, who has not been identified, is undergoing treatment with the drug AZT. She is believed to have contracted the virus from a blood transfusion shortly after birth.
February 9, 2002 |
Virginia's House of Delegates approved a bill Friday that would allow public schools to post the Ten Commandments. The measure, which now goes to the Senate, would require the state Board of Education to write guidelines for displaying the Ten Commandments in classrooms, along with the text from three secular documents: the 1st Amendment, the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Constitution. It would be up to local school officials whether to display the texts.
February 18, 2000 |
The homework assignment scribbled on the blackboard in the seventh-grade social studies class read: "Draw what you think a typical immigrant in the year 2000 looks like." One handout was a crossword puzzle with questions like "What's happening to Asian and Latin American countries today that causes many immigrants to come to the U.S.?" All 240 seventh-graders at Gunston Middle School in suburban Arlington, Va.