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May 2013

Jefferson Journal:  To Grow Online Learning, Reform the Rules

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Jefferson Journal: To Grow Online Learning, Reform the Rules —  By Chris Braunlich  Educational governance and funding was designed for a time when students learned in a bricks and mortar building closest to where they lived.  They did not anticipate a digital world in which students could live anywhere in the state and learn from anywhere in the state.  To encourage the growth of virtual education through digital learning, we'll need to reform the rules.  (5/28/2013)  Read It Here! 

February 2013

The Jefferson Journal:  This Year in Virginia, New Choices.

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The Jefferson Journal: This Year in Virginia, New Choices. — Virginia this week joined the rest of the nation in celebrating "National School Choice Week" from a special position:  As one of states with an education choice program offering new options to students in need of them.  Read It Here!

October 2011

Where Do Virginia's School Boards Stand on Improving Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Based on Performance?

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Where Do Virginia's School Boards Stand on Improving Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Based on Performance? — Study after study have repeatedly demonstrated that the most important feature in improving student performance is the quality of the teacher.  So how did Virginia's local school boards when they were asked to agree to design evaluation systems that took into account student growth as a significant factor, conduct annual evaluations, and use these evaluations as a factor to help teachers in professional development and in making decisions about compensation, promotion and teacher retention?   To see the answer for your local school board, click here!

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