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U.S. and Virginia Education Politics, Policies, and Prose: Latest Challenges for Public Education in Virginia

U.S. and Virginia Education Politics, Policies, and Prose: Latest Challenges for Public Education in Virginia

Ann Holton will cover the latest 17 challenges in public education in Virginia from the perspective of a current member of Virginia’s Board of Education and former Virginia Secretary of Education. The format will include a short presentation by the professor followed by an extended Q&A.

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Cosponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University (OLLI Mason). 

About Anne

Anne Holton teaches education policy at George Mason University and is a Senior Fellow at EdPolicyForward, the Center for Education Policy at Mason, where she served as Interim President in 2019- 2020. Previously she served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education (2014-2016); as a foster care reform advocate during her time as Virginia’s First Lady (2006-2010); and as a juvenile and domestic relations court district judge in the City of Richmond. She has an A.B. from Princeton and a Harvard law degree and currently serves on the Virginia Board of Education.

About OLLI Mason

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In celebration of George Mason University’s 50th anniversary, OLLI Mason is pleased to collaborate with George Mason University’s Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies to provide the interactive course Russia’s War on Ukraine in Historical Perspective.

OLLI Mason provides intellectual and cultural experiences to curious individuals. Learn more at


This program is appropriate for ages 18+. Register by clicking on the "Begin Registration" button. A Zoom link will be emailed one before start of each program. 

Related LibGuide: Adults and 50-Plus by Fairfax County Public Library (Admin)

Monday, April 24, 2023
11:50am - 1:15pm
Library Branch:
Virtual Event
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
FCPL Event Guidelines
Registrations open at 11:50am Monday, April 3, 2023

The conversation will likely draw from the following topics: pandemic learning loss and efforts to address it; persistent achievement gaps as evidenced by the latest NAEP scores; teacher shortages; school funding and school facilities; school board governance; updates to Virginia’s history and civics standards; implementation of Virginia’s new Literacy Act; proposals to change Virginia’s cut scores and how schools are evaluated; career exploration and workforce initiatives in K12; and ongoing initiatives to make quality early childhood education more widely available. The discussion will touch on the latest developments in these areas as well as the latest research on how these challenges potentially impact student outcomes.

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