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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 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.

After 86 Years, Southside Child Development Center Closes

After more than 80 years, Richmond’s Southside Child Development Center will close its doors after struggling to stay afloat financially. The organization serves about 75 children with daycare, Head Start, after-school and summer programs. This follows last year’s closing of William Byrd Community House, which also served low-income families for decades.

A Statewide Shortage in Math Teachers Hits Mecklenburg Hard

There’s a shortage of math teachers in Virginia’s public schools that is becoming a big problem for school administrators as well as students who need to learn the material in order to graduate. For Learning Curve, Craig Carper spoke to Mecklenburg County Schools Superintendent Paul Nichols who says the problem is especially acute in his system.

Public School Teacher Joins Virginia Board of Education

The newest member of Virginia’s State Board of Education is a 29-year-old public school teacher and the Vice Mayor of Charlottesville. “I believe in making sure that we give the kids everything we can to be successful. That’s my job as a teacher,” says Bellamy. “I’m literally getting paid a salary to do something that I love to do and in the meantime, while I’m loving doing my job, I’m getting to help people, what’s better than that?”

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