The City of Richmond is tackling a long list of challenges facing the school system, including neglected facilities, academic achievement and hiring a superintendent. Leaders are also shaping an “education compact” to bring more stakeholders together. On today’s Learning Curve, 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp gets some outside perspective from author and professor Clarence Stone.
Listen for Learning Curve between 7:33 a.m. and 7:44 a.m. every other Wednesday during NPR’s Morning Edition and again at 4:50 p.m. during NPR’s All Things Considered. Hosted by 88.9 WCVE Producer Catherine Komp.
Across the country, people with disabilities face barriers to employment. In Virginia, the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities program offers training in information technology and modern manufacturing. Part of the initiative includes a robotics academy for young people with disabilities. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.
Nearly a quarter of kindergarteners in Richmond need literacy intervention. By third grade, about half of students fail the SOL math test. The coalition Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond is working to address these challenges with a school readiness plan.
Jacque Hale says learning begins even before a baby is born. She’s Director of Programs and Community Impact at Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond. She says a few simple activities make a big difference: reading, singing and playing.