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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.


Chesterfield County’s Path to Regain School Accreditation

In Chesterfield, leaders are working on corrective action plans after two schools were denied accreditation - a first in the county’s history.

In addition to adding staff and partnering with VSU, the County is looking at new ways to measure student growth. For 88.9 WCVE’s Learning Curve, Catherine Komp spoke with Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Lane and Matoaca District School Board Representative Rob Thompson.

Henrico Schools Undertake Redistricting

Henrico County schools are in the midst of a redistricting process, aiming to reduce overcrowding and concentrations of poverty.

The first phase, approved in March, will redirect 68 rising sixth graders from Hungary Creek Middle School to Holman in the 2017/2018 school year.

The county is currently gathering input on the next phase, to further reduce crowding and address the high rates of poverty at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.

Girls in STEM Initiatives Aim to Close Gender Gap in Science

In K-12 education, girls are less likely to take engineering and computer science classes. In higher education, more disparities emerge especially for women of color, according to the non-profit National Girls Collaborative Project. Citing data from the National Science Board, that group points out that in the professional workforce, women make up just 11% of physicists and astronomers; 10% of electrical or computer hardware engineers, and 8% of mechanical engineers.

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