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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.


Support Staff Critical To Handling Mental Health Needs of K-12 Students

When it comes to school safety, advocates and officials are looking into more than just locks on doors and facility-related changes.

They also want to see more mental health supports for kids provided in school. Many Virginia schools say they don’t have enough resources when it comes to addressing mental health.

WCVE’s Megan Pauly has more for Learning Curve.

Local School Districts, Officials Turn Focus To School Safety Following Parkland Shooting

Ever since the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida  - there’s been a heightened level of community concern about school safety.

WCVE’s Megan Pauly has an update on the response of some local school districts, politicians, and others for Learning Curve:

Chesterfield County Schools Considers Year-Round School Pilot

Chesterfield County plans to vote this Friday about a pilot program for year-round school. Instead of a traditional summer vacation, the year would be divided into quarters. During three week long breaks, some students would have additional educational opportunities. WCVE’s Megan Pauly has more for Learning Curve.

Additional reporting and production assistance by WCVE's Ian Stewart and Catherine Komp.

Teens Across Virginia Organize School Walkouts

Across the country, young people are mobilizing for three demonstrations against gun violence. The first is a 17 minute walkout on March 14th, to honor those killed in Parkland, FL. On Saturday, March 24th, tens of thousands are expected in Washington, DC for the “March For Our Lives.” A second national student walkout is also planned for April 20th.

As Autism Diagnoses Increase, Just One Virginia University Offers Formal Support Program

Across the country, there’s a growing number of youth with autism who are entering college. Without supports, students risk failing or dropping out. In Virginia, there's only one university that provides a specific program to assist students on the spectrum. WCVE’s Catherine Komp paid the campus a visit and has more for Learning Curve.

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