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Committee Approves Letter Grade System For Virginia Schools

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Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is celebrating a major victory for his education package.

The House Education Committee voted 14-6 to advance legislation that would direct the Virginia Department of Education to develop a system of grading public schools on an A-F scale. Del. Tag Greason (R-Loudoun County), who supports the bill, says an easy-to-understand way of rating school performance will encourage parents to get more involved.

There were a number of other schools-related bills reported out of the education panel this week. The committee endorsed an administration-backed proposal to create an Opportunity Educational Institution to take over failing schools.

Legislation overturning the "Kings Dominion Law," which would allow schools to open before Labor Day without getting permission from the Department of Education also advanced to the House floor. A bill to require armed resource officers in every school was sent to the Appropriations Committee.

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A Conversation With "Broad City" Co-Star Abbi Jacobson

What do Michelle Obama, Anna Wintour and Michael Jordan carry in their bags? Abbi Jacobson imagines the things you might find in her new illustrated book, "Carry This Book." We talk to the "Broad City" co-star about what you can learn from the contents of bags—and her success creating and starring in the hit Comedy Central show.

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New Approaches To Tackling Local Youth Hunger

The First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and other regional leaders are exploring new, innovative ways to combat local food insecurity.


Some Machines Are Flipping Votes But That Doesn't Mean They're Rigged

As early voting starts, there are scattered reports of touchscreen voting machines "flipping" votes from one candidates to another. But old voting machines, not a "rigged" election is likely blame.

Social Media Company Twitter Struggles Financially

Steve Inskeep talks to Emily Bell, director for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School, about the challenges Twitter faces.

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