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Education

  • Localities receive Smart Beginnings grant

     The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded a grant to Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax to establish Smart Beginnings Twin County, an initiative that will help prepare children in the region for success in school and in life. 

    Ultimately, this grant aims to strengthen the region’s workforce development and economic prosperity by setting the stage for success at an early age. 

  • Lost connections limit learning in Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE — Given the chance, a Carroll elementary student would likely find a virtual tour of the Smithsonian museums more engaging than filling out a worksheet in class.

    But if the teacher isn't able to bring the network up, then that student might just end up bent over those papers.

    It's not that the worksheet isn't a time-honored educational tool. It's just that the virtual field trip via the Internet would capture that child's attention and keep it.

  • Library receives $200,000 grant

     HILLSVILLE — The $200,000 grant from Rural Development plus a Carroll match of $78,663 will give the public library a significant facelift. 

    The 8,200-square-foot library hasn’t received any major improvements since it was built in 1982, but Carroll County officials saw an opportunity to get funding for renovations through Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. 

    Assistant County Administrator Nikki Shank made the application to the federal program that specifically targeted libraries. 

  • Woodlawn granted accreditation appeal

     WOODLAWN — Teachers knew the announcement must have been momentous when Woodlawn Principal Jerry King came across the intercom system in the middle of class.

    But instead of a "what's wrong" message, King couldn't wait to share what had gone right.

    The Department of Education had granted Woodlawn School's appeal on the No Child Left Behind results, which said the school didn't make the required adequate yearly progress. 

  • Va. school funding among least fair in U.S.

    A new study from the Education Law Center names Virginia among six states with the worst track record on funding education.

    Not only does the state get a “D” grade for the amount of money it dedicates to schools, the state also gets a “D” for the equity of distribution, measured by how well states direct money to poorer school districts.

  • Graduation rates improving

    HILLSVILLE —  Twin County high school graduation rates defy the stereotype that rural students are more likely drop out before completing their education.

    The high schools in Carroll, Galax and Grayson all topped the statewide average of students that either graduate on time or earn some other certification, like a GED.

  • Galax test scores surpass state benchmarks

    It's nothing new for Galax schools to be fully accredited, based on Standards of Learning scores, and this ability to exceed the required SOL benchmarks allows the system to create new and innovative programs.

  • 'Choice Bus' shows students paths life could take

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the new school year is underway, Grayson County Public Schools hosted the Choice Bus on Sept. 22 to enable students to better understand the power of education and some of the long-lasting consequences of dropping out of school prior to graduation.

  • Carroll schools not funded

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Carroll officials who expected to get $26.7 million to expand two county schools from Rural Development got a shock Wednesday, when federal officials announced projects funded through the Community Facilities Program.

     

  • Virginia outscores nation in reading, math

    Average SAT scores for Virginia's 2010 graduating class are nearly identical to last year's, with students scoring higher than the national average in reading and writing, but below in math.

    The College Board, which administers the SAT college-readiness exam, released national and state-by-state results this week. Nationwide, this year's graduating class participated in the SAT in higher numbers than previous graduating classes, the organization said.