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Virginia Makes Progress On NCLB Waiver

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Virginia is working on revised education requirements that officials say are more realistic for schools and students.
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Virginia is working on revised education requirements that officials say are more realistic for schools and students.

Virginia education officials are working on the commonwealth's two-year waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind school accountability requirements.

In exchange for the waiver, the Associated Press reports that Virginia must implement accountability plans that set new targets for raising student achievement, advancing teacher effectiveness and improving the performance of low-performing schools. New targets also must be set for preparing students for careers and college.

Charles Pyle, a spokesperson with the Virginia Department of Education, says the standards Virginia is setting are more realistic than No Child Left Behind, which requires all students to reach grade level proficiency by 2014.

"We will continue to hold schools accountable for raising the achievement of all students and narrowing achievement gaps, but at the same time having more reality based objectives for these schools to meet," says Pyle.

Pyle says the biggest initial project is developing ways to track student progress.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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