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Minds in Motion

Jun 22, 2018

While thousands of Virginia students walked across stages to collect their diplomas this month, several hundred marked the end of the school year in a different way-- with the grand finale of Minds in Motion, a program that sends dance teachers into the public schools.

School boards across Virginia are hunkering down over calendars now, trying to come up with a schedule for next year.  And school board members have some new flexibility this year to increase recess time.

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Educators call it a slow-moving catastrophe.  Eighty percent of children are not reading at-grade-level by the end of third grade, according to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

But a community-wide effort in Roanoke to address the problem is showing results and getting national recognition.

A new report from the University of Virginia shows about ten percent of students in this state’s public schools are absent for three weeks or more each year, and in three large districts the rates were even higher. 

When Professor Luke Miller and his colleagues graphed the number of kids who were chronically absent from public schools in Richmond, Petersburg and Norfolk, they ended up with something resembling the letter U:

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According to a new poll from the Virginia Education Association, almost three quarters of Virginians say teachers in the state don’t make enough money. It looks like teachers will be getting a raise in this year’s budget...but the question is how much.

Virginia’s teachers make almost $7,000 below the the national average. And that’s making it hard for the state to attract, and keep, teachers in the classroom -- says Meg Gruber with the Education Association.

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