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For Immediate Release
March 15, 2005
Contact: Charles Pyle
Director of Communications
(804) 371-2420
Julie Grimes
Public Information Officer
(804) 225-2775

Virginia DOE Broadcast Examines No Child Left Behind
“School Matters” Airs Sunday, March 20, on Virginia Public TV Stations

Virginia’s progress in meeting the objectives of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is the focus of this month’s edition of School Matters, a 30-minute program produced by the Virginia Department of Education. The magazine-style show is scheduled to air on Sunday, March 20, at 1 p.m. on Virginia public television stations.

School Matters reports on the rising number of Virginia schools meeting NCLB’s objectives for achievement in reading and mathematics and the Board of Education’s efforts to resolve conflicts between the federal law and the commonwealth’s successful Standards of Learning accountability program.

The March broadcast, which is hosted by Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary and Director of Communications Charles Pyle, also focuses on Virginia’s efforts to meet NCLB’s goals for recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers, especially in traditionally hard-to-staff schools.

School Matters is scheduled to air on the following public television stations: WCVE/Channel 23 (Richmond), WHTJ/Channel 41 (Charlottesville), WNVT/Channel 53 (Falls Church), WBRA/Channel 15 (Roanoke), WMSY/Channel 52 (Marion), WSBN/Channel 47 (Norton), WVPT/Channel 51 (Harrisonburg), and WHRO/Channel 15 (Norfolk).