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Virginia Releases 2016-2017 SOL Test Results

Categories: Education,Statistics,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2017/08-aug15.shtml

Reports on the percentage of public school students who achieved passing and advanced scores in reading and mathematics tests at various grade levels in Virginia.  Also covers subject focused tests.  Also provides links to results at the division and individual school levels.  From the Virginia Department of Education

 

Hydrogeologic Framework and Hydrologic Conditions of the Piney Point Aquifer in Virginia

Categories: Virginia Issues

https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2017/5041/sir20175041.pdf

Describes the status and current condition of the primary water aquifer that provides water for the Williamsburg, James City, and York Counties area.  Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5041.  From the U.S. Geological Survey and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

 

Solid Waste Managed in Virginia During Calendar Year 2016

Categories: Environment,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Land/ReportsPublications/2017_Annual_Solid_Waste_Report_for_CY2016.pdf?ver=2017-06-20-102952-963

Total amount of solid waste received at Virginia facilities (22 million tons) during 2016 increased by about 1.3 million tons from 2015.  Also provides numbers on solid waste brought in from out-of-state sources.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Can Public Investment in Freight Rail Deliver the Goods?

Categories: Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202008%20Vol.%2084%20No.%202.pdf

Proposes the creation of a Virginia rail authority similar to the port authority to bolster freight railroad transportation within the state and reduce long-haul truck traffic on the highways. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Electric Power Facilities and Growing Virginia’s Clean Energy Economy

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/media/9155/ed-11-reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electric-power-facilities-and-growing-virginias-clean-energy-economy.pdf

Executive directive from the Virginia governor, one of several state efforts, to mandate reductions in carbon emissions in contrast to the policy of the Trump administration. Directs state environmental officials to prepare regulations for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide allowances with other states.  From the Office of the Governor

(climate change     environment     laws/regulations     Virginia issues)

Science and Engineering State Profiles

Categories: Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics,Virginia Issues

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/states/

Provides access to state data on science and engineering personnel and finances including education, graduates, total R&D performance and more.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

2015 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2015 Industry Reports

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/SARATitle3/2015_TRI_Report.pdf

Annual report on releases of toxic chemicals by industry in Virginia.  In 2015 Virginia facilities reported the release, transfer, or on-site management of 858.6 million pounds  of TRI-related  chemicals, a 6% decrease from 2014.  Appendices F, G, and I cover detailed information by facility, county, and city.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Gloucester County School Board v. G.G, By His Next Friend and Mother, Deirdre Grimm

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docketfiles/16-273.htm

Docket for the case involving a transgender youth from Virginia. Includes 3/6/17 decision of Supreme Court to remand the case to the lower court, following issuance of new guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice. At issue is whether federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in education also cover issues of gender identity.  From the Supreme Court

 

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