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For Immediate Release
September 26, 2005
Contact: Charles Pyle
Director of Communications
(804) 371-2420
Julie Grimes
Public Information Specialist
(804) 225-2775

Superintendent DeMary Discusses Progress of Virginia Schools Since the Adoption of the Standards of Learning
“Speaking of Education” Airs Sunday, October 2, on Virginia Public TV Stations

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary will reflect on the progress Virginia’s public schools have made since the adoption of the Standards of Learning ten years ago during “Speaking of Education,” a 30-minute public affairs program produced by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The magazine-style show is scheduled to air on Sunday, October 2, at 1 p.m. on Virginia public television stations.

The broadcast also will report on how specially trained principals known as “turnaround specialists” are raising student achievement in formerly struggling schools. The feature will highlight the success of Glenwood Magnet Elementary School in Danville under Deloris Crews, who was one of the first principals trained under Governor Mark R. Warner’s Turnaround Specialist Program.

Speaking of Education, which is hosted by VDOE Director of Communications Charles Pyle, also includes reports on voluntary single-sex classrooms at Bailey Bridge Middle School in Chesterfield County and Patrick Henry Elementary School in Richmond. Mantua Elementary School in Fairfax County, the first school to win a Healthy Virginians Gold Award for Best Practices in Nutrition and Physical Activity, also is featured.

Speaking of Education is scheduled to air at 1 p.m. on October 2, on the following public television stations: WCVE/Channel 23 (Richmond), WETA/Channel 26 (Washington, D.C.), WHTJ/Channel 41 (Charlottesville), WNVC/Channel 56 (Falls Church), WBRA/Channel 15 (Roanoke), WMSY/Channel 52 (Marion), WSBN/Channel 47 (Norton), WVPT/Channel 51 (Harrisonburg), and WHRO/Channel 15 (Norfolk).