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Reforming the SOL Tests.
We must have a strong system of student achievement and teacher evaluation.Unfortunately our current system isn’t working for parents, students, or teachers. The current Standards ofLearning tests have created an environment with an over-emphasis on drilling students to take one-time,multiple-choice tests. There is no question that teachers must be held accountable through fair, multi-dimensional means, and that we need to ensure that students are learning what we want them to know,but we can do a better job.
Innovation in Education.
Quality educational systems need to think more creatively. Partnerships withbusinesses and Community Colleges to give our students ﬁrm credentials and skills training, emphasis onSTEM and Computer Science, and increased ﬂexibility for our school districts will all help bring our schoolsinto the 21st century.
Supporting our Schools.
Over time, the Commonwealth has reduced state investment in our schools, reducingthe resources of our schools and shifting the burden to local school districts. It’s time to restore funding andgive our school systems the tools they need to provide world class educations for our kids.
Growing support for career training.
Our schools need to partner with community colleges and businesses toprovide valuable and useful career training.
Letting Teachers Teach.
Our teachers need to be relieved of the growing amount of paperwork andadministrative tasks so they can focus on the job they signed up for: educating our kids.
• Traditional 4-year Colleges and Universities.
We have one of the proudest traditions of higher education in thecountry, but it must remain affordable to parents and students. Our universities and colleges are challenged tostay current and absorb more students while their funding has been cut dramatically.
Controlling costs and fees to keep our kids out of debt.
Every student in Virginia deserves the opportunity toget a quality education and start their working lives without the burden of heavy debt.
Emphasize ﬁnancial aid.
We must ensure that, in this era of rising costs, all students have a fair shot atgetting a college education.
Supporting returning veterans.
As our veterans return home, many of them will seek education in our collegesand universities. We need to ensure that these are welcoming places for them and understand their needsand talents.
Making employment data available.
Virginia should do more to ensure that students, parents, and colleges anduniversities all know about and can easily access state data on what jobs are going to be available andin which ﬁelds.
Increased support for research and development.
In addition to creating new products and industries,supporting requests for funding from our schools’ research departments will bring revenues back to theschools and attract new faculty. Helping our schools to become more entrepreneurial will bring moreresources and talent to our higher education system.
• Supporting and encouraging the growth of apprenticeship programs.
These critically important training programsgive apprentices the tools they need to join lucrative and in-demand trades, and give employers the security ofknowing that their hires can do the job.