Health & Education

Shenandoah Valley Social Services Ignored Over 200 Reports of Child Abuse, Neglect, or Endangerment

By Paul A. Prados, The Bull Elephant

In a shocking investigative report from the Staunton News Leader it appears that from April to October 2014 over 200 reports of potential abuse or neglect were made to Shenandoah Valley Social Services, ignored, and deleted with the approval of a supervisor.

Child Protective Services [“CPS”] in smaller Virginia jurisdictions is often consolidated across a handful of local jurisdictions.  Shenandoah Valley Social Services covers the areas of Staunton City, Augusta County, and Waynesboro City.

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Federal Grant Will Expand Preschool Program

By Sean CW Korsgaard, Capital News Service

Thanks to a $17.5 million federal grant to Virginia’s pre-kindergarten program for low-income children, more than 1,200 additional children will be able to attend preschool in 11 high-needs school divisions beginning next school year.

Henrico County is among the school systems that will benefit from the funding that the U.S. Department of Education recently awarded to the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

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Richmond Charter Sees Crisis in Education

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau

RICHMOND, Va. — Amid aging campuses and sagging performance, Virginia’s capital city could add its third and largest charter school next year.

The Metropolitan Preparatory Academy won provisional approval from the Richmond School Board to launch a charter for African-American males in grades 6-12.

“We want to address a crisis,” said Tunya Bingham, a corporate tax expert helping to lead the charter effort with the nonprofit Richmond Urban Collective.

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McAuliffes’ Government Dole: Boon or Boondoggle?

WHO’S YOUR MOMMA? First lady Dorothy McAuliffe wants to feed Virginia’s hungry children morning, noon and night, and even on weekends. Photo courtesy of Virginia Office of the Governor

By Kenric Ward
Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe and wife Dorothy want to end childhood hunger in Virginia for $29.32.

“The governor and I are thrilled to know that thousands of Virginia children will benefit from the initiatives we will implement through the Virginia Hunger-Free Kids Act Demonstration Project,” the first lady announced this week.

An $8.8-million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will feed an estimated 300,000 “food deprived” youngsters. That works out to $29.32 per child, per year.

Virginia farmer Joel Salatin calls it “a boondoggle and a charade.” Continue reading


Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommends Federal Food Police

Fresh & Local – Real life Hunger Games

By Bryant Osborn, Fauquier Free Citizen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services jointly create a report titled Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This report is used as guidance in forming Federal nutrition policy and programs. The last report was issued in 2010 by a select committee called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

By law, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans report must be updated every five years, so about 18 months ago, a new DGAC was formed to recommend updates and changes to the 2010 Guidelines report. A few weeks ago, this new DGAC released its recommendations in a nearly 600 page tome titled Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Continue reading


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