WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Civics Education Advocates Say Virginia Law Was Wrongly Repealed

Play associated audio

A Virginia General Assembly commission says it's now up to Gov. Bob McDonnell to fix a bill that repealed a state law based on mistaken information.

The state law required all elementary and middle school teachers and high school social science teachers to learn about Virginia and local governments. The Department of Education and Virginia Tech developed a free online course to meet the requirement. But a gubernatorial panel proposed repealing it for current teachers some time later, and Civics Commission member and former Del. Jim Dillard says that ruling was based on an error. 

"Unfortunately, one of the counties misunderstood this particular course, which is online at no cost to the localities or to the teachers," Dillard says. "They said to the [gubernatorial] Commission that it was going to cost $2,000 a teacher to take this course."

As a result, the governor's Commission on Unfunded Mandates included this course among bills that should be to be repealed.

To prevent the repeal, the commission has asked the Governor to amend the bill for the mid-April reconvened session in the assembly. 

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 28, 2015

This weekend you can pay tribute to the late King of Pop or attend the last Jazz in the Garden performance of the summer.
NPR

#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
NPR

On Eve Of Katrina Anniversary, Bush Takes A Tour Of New Orleans 10 Years On

Former President George W. Bush is visiting the city on Friday in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. His administration was criticized for how it dealt with the storm's aftermath.
NPR

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Two then-students at Dartmouth College built a game-changing mobile robotic football dummy that they say will decrease head injuries sustained from repeated tackling collisions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.