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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.


At Chesterfield School, Innovative Classes Combine Math with Carpentry and Manufacturing

Two years ago, the smallest high school in Chesterfield County restructured to better prepare students for entering the workforce. Carver College and Career Academy offers four speciality areas--business and information technology; construction trades; child development; and hospitality, tourism, and recreation.

In construction trades, they recently implemented an innovative model--combining geometry and carpentry with algebra and manufacturing.

In “Roanoke 40,” Richmond Advocates See Fix to Annual School Budget Process

With new officials coming to Richmond’s City Hall, Council and School Board, some advocates want to see a more functional school budgeting process.

The group Richmond Forward is encouraging leaders to evaluate the dedicated funding model used in Roanoke, Virginia. On today’s Learning Curve, Catherine Komp speaks with the group’s chief organizer, Garet Prior.

Some Progress, Many Challenges in United Way Assessment of Greater Richmond Education

Central Virginia is seeing progress with some educational benchmarks, according to this year’s “Community Indicators of Strength.”

The report by the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg highlights the increase in on-time graduation rates and the number of adults with high school diplomas.

But the region is struggling in others areas. Learning Curve’s Catherine Komp has more.

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