Virginia public schools issued more than 130,000 suspensions in 2015-2016, including more than 70,000 to children in pre-K to third grade. On this week’s Learning Curve Catherine Komp speaks with Legal Aid Justice Center attorneys about what they're seeing after two consecutive years of analyzing suspension numbers and brings in 88.9 WCVE’s Saraya Wintersmith to talk about Richmond’s most recent statistics.
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.
Henrico County parents continue to have questions about bullying, racism and aggressive behavior in the district’s schools. This follows the recent locker room incident students distributed via social media at Short Pump Middle School. WCVE’s Catherine Komp and Megan Pauly have more for Learning Curve.
Richmond students, teachers and support staff have reported water leaks and mold; the smell of gas; headaches and allergies. Teachers have shared images of rodents on social media, parents have tried crowdfunding to repair dilapidated bathrooms. While many buildings have problems, George Mason Elementary on Richmond’s East End became the “poster school” for neglected facilities. This summer, community members testified at a special school board meeting held at the school.
More than 19,000 young people with autism attend Virginia schools, a number that continues to grow each year. VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence is helping equip school districts with training and education to better serve children and parents. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.
When Jamie Sasser was preparing to enroll her son in elementary school, she felt anxious.
Districts across Virginia face a shortage of teachers, not only in special education and STEM fields, but also in elementary education, English, foreign languages and physical education. One program, Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow, has been attempting to fill the gap by exposing high school students to careers in teaching.