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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.


As School Segregation Persists, VCU Professor Explores Solutions

More than 60 years following the Supreme Court’s Brown versus Board of Education decision, schools remain segregated. According to the Government Accountability Office, the number of schools that were “high poverty and comprised of mostly Black or Hispanic students” grew from about 7,000 in 2000-01 to more than 15,000 in 2013-14.

Community High School’s Formula for Student Success

For the last several years, Richmond Community High School has had good reason to celebrate. Each and every senior has been accepted to college. This year, students collectively won nearly $10 million in scholarships.

So what is Community High’s formula for success? Learning Curve’s Catherine Komp spoke with longtime guidance counselor Bernita Williams about what students can start doing in their freshman year, why junior year is so important and how parents can play a role.

Expanding Computer Science Literacy in Virginia

One of the new laws taking effect in July will expand computer literacy in Virginia. The bill changes the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning to include “computation and critical reasoning, including problem solving and decision making; proficiency in the use of computers and related technology; computer science and computational thinking, including computer coding; and the skills to manage personal finances and to make sound financial decisions.”

A key proponent of the measure is Code VA, a nonprofit started in 2014 by a computer scienceteacher and a former journalist.

As School Suspensions Rise, Advocates Highlight Alternatives

In the report “Suspended Progress,” Legal Aid Justice Center analyzes more than 126,000 out-of-school suspensions issued in Virginia during the 2014-2015 academic year. Of those, 2,800 students received long-term suspensions, between 11 school days and an entire calendar year.

Another 69,000 students received about 123,000 short-term suspensions, anywhere up to ten days.

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