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McDonnell Keeps Focus On Education Despite 'No Child' Waiver

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell talked to teachers, administrators and school board members this week about the state's waiver from the "No Child Left Behind" mandate

While some guidelines will be relaxed, McDonnell told the educators he expects them to help students surpass national standards.

McDonnell made the comments during the Annual Governor's Conference on Education. He asked attendees to propose ideas that can be enacted as early as next year for public education. He also would like school systems to exchange best practice methods so that they can be adopted statewide he wants to begin more preparation at higher grade levels in technology-based studies. 

But funding issues could hamper some of those goals. Asked to gauge the feedback from attendees, Virginia Education Secretary Laura Fornash highlighted educators' funding concerns. 

"Most recently though the thing that we're hearing the most is the challenge of financing and funding," she said. "You heard the governor say today that we're not back to full funding."

McDonnell said he doesn't expect cohesion in just one meeting, and he's planning at least one more statewide summit before the start of the school year.

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