House Republicans block bill expanding access to full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

House Republicans block bill expanding access to full-day kindergarten

RICHMOND, Va.: This morning, the Education – Education Innovation Subcommittee killed two bills that would have helped expand access to full-day kindergarten by creating a budget and plan for localities that don’t have full-day kindergarten access for all children. HB 457, patroned by Delegate Kathleen Murphy (34th – McLean), HB 798, patroned by Delegate John […]

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Gov. McAuliffe announces $2 million grant to retrain former coal workers

Friday, January 8, 2016

Now this is the kind of help that is needed in the diminishing coal production areas of Virginia. There is no “War on Coal” as some claim. It is not only limiting pollution for the health of the state, country, world – accessible coal is getting harder and more expensive to reach. Natural gas and […]

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Del. Rasoul’s bill provides continuing education credits to volunteer healthcare professionals

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

ROANOKE, VA – Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has filed legislation that would help allow medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits.  Delegate Rasoul says the bill sets up a system that allows the neediest Virginians – those with low-incomes or who live in underserved communities – to access free […]

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Gov. McAuliffe’s budget includes increased funding for education, raises for state employees

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gov. McAuliffe's budget includes increased funding for education, raises for state employees

Despite federal sequestration Governor Terry McAuliffe Virginia faced a $2.4 billion dollar state budget shortfall. These cuts disrupted strategic planning and severely harm the state’s economy. “Now, the economic landscape has changed for the better, Congress is getting its act together, and we have a genuine opportunity to take the next step forward,” he said. He […]

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AG Herring to attend Roanoke screening of Heroin: The Hardest Hit (trailer)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

AG Herring to attend Roanoke screening of Heroin: The Hardest Hit (trailer)

Roanoke (December 10) – On Thursday, Attorney General Mark R. Herring will hold a screening in Roanoke of Heroin: The Hardest Hit, a powerful new documentary that will raise awareness of the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs and the epidemic of fatal overdoses. The event and film will both feature Virginians sharing their own stories of […]

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SOL Innovation Committee’s 2015 recommendations received

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SOL Innovation Committee’s 2015 recommendations received

Governor McAuliffe received the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee’s second round of recommendations. To read the full executive summary, click here. To read the full report, click here. The recommendations include proposed improvements at the high school level to better prepare students to succeed in the new Virginia economy. In 2014, the Committee set forth twelve […]

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Drug Policy Alliance calls on Virginia lawmakers to fix broken marijuana policies

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A new report has found that marijuana possession arrests in Virginia have increased dramatically over the last ten years, especially in black communities. The report was authored by Shenandoah University professor and researcher Jon Gettman and released today by the Drug Policy Alliance. The entire report can be read at: www.drugpolicy.org/VAmjarrests “As states around the country pass reforms […]

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Roanoke County Board member, Al Bedrosian is clueless say Roanoke County teachers

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Roanoke County Board member, Al Bedrosian is clueless say Roanoke County teachers

Al Bedrosian’s insensitive disrespectful comments about teachers at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting elicited hurt feeling from teachers today at a rally held at the Roanoke Administration building. “Recall Al” read one sign – another spelled CLUELESS vertically Careless, Lying, Uneducated, Laughable, Egregious, Self-serving and Shameful. Board of Supervisor member Al Bedrosian has stepped […]

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Report card for each local hospital in Virginia unveiled

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) has unveiled its Quality & Patient Safety Scorecard. It is an interactive, online tool that enables users to review data showing hospital-specific performance on key quality, safety, and patient satisfaction measures. The scorecards have been developed at the behest of VHHA’s Board of Directors, which is comprised of […]

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Anne Holton visits Roanoke Higher Education Center to celebrate its 15th year

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Anne Holton visits Roanoke Higher Education Center to celebrate its 15th year

Today Anne Holton, Secretary of Education, toured the Roanoke Higher Education Center to celebrate its 15-year anniversary. Holton was introduced by Dr. Thomas McKeon, Executive Director of the Roanoke Higher Education Center and Senator John Edwards spoke of its success. Dr. McKeon said he is proud that the center is providing higher education and workforce […]

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Roanoke County School Board candidate forum and RCEA endorsements

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Roanoke County School Board candidate forum and RCEA endorsements

Monday night about 60 people attended a candidate forum at Cave Spring Middle School hosted by the Roanoke County Council of PTAs. Of the five candidates only Tim Greenway is running unopposed in the Vinton District. (See Roanoke County Education Association endorsements at the end.) Greenway runs Greenway Construction Inc. and works as a real […]

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Roanoke receives extended school year grants

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Roanoke receives extended school year grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe today awarded nearly $5.3 million in state year-round and extended school year grants to support the development and implementation of year-round instructional programs in 54 schools in 10 school divisions. Roanoke is one of the school systems sharing in this award. Others include Lynchburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Henrico County, Loudon County, Manassas Park, […]

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