Current Issue: Winter 2015-16

Financing K-12 Education in Virginia

Funding equity and adequacy are among the challenges facing schools struggling to meet performance standards

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Ensuring the Franchise for Remote Military and Overseas Voters

Better use of technology can support the enfranchisement of military members, first responders, and displaced persons.

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Cybersecurity

Collaboration, Engagement, and Shared Responsibility: The Federal Role in Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides collaborative partnerships and information-sharing resources to improve the cybersecurity posture of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.
Keyword: Information Technology

Cybersecurity

Global Threat, Local Action: A View from Arlington County

In a wide-ranging interview, Arlington County’s chief information security officer discusses cybersecurity challenges facing state and local governments, and outlines an array of policy responses.
Keyword: Information Technology

K-12 Education

Supporting Underperforming Schools in Virginia

The authors discuss several recent K-12 education funding policy initiatives in Virginia that seek to ensure that underperforming schools will have the resources necessary to provide a high-quality public education to elementary and secondary school students.
Keyword: K-12

K-12 Education

Virginia’s K-12 Education Funding Framework

This article provides an overview of K-12 education funding policy in Virginia, including the Standards of Quality established by the Board of Education to support a high-quality public education and the Composite Index used for assessing the state and local share of education funding for school districts.
Keyword: K-12

Transportation

Railway Disasters: How Localities Can Better Prepare

This article describes how Virginia, railroads, and communities are working to protect people and the environment in localities and regions affected by rail operations.
Keyword: Transportation

Transportation

The Economics of Hazardous Materials Transportation

Can we expect further railroad regulation and increased regulatory enforcement to have a significant effect on ameliorating risk?
Keyword: Transportation

Transportation

Our River at Risk: The Emerging Threat of Crude Oil in the James River Watershed

The Lynchburg train derailment and subsequent oil spill demonstrated that the James River is truly a “river at risk” as crude oil shipments become more common along its banks.
Keyword: Transportation

Workforce Development

Using Resilience to Address Virginia’s Economic and Workforce Development Challenges

The author suggests that the management strategy of resilience may be useful in applying the right mix of workforce flexibility and responsiveness to emerging areas of enterprise growth in Virginia.
Keyword: Workforce Development and Employment

Workforce Development

Enhancing Regional Analytical Capabilities for Workforce Development in Virginia

The author discusses two workforce development projects conducted by the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development that suggest a critical need for more robust analytical approaches in order to better understand and respond to regional economic transitions in Virginia.
Keyword: Workforce Development and Employment

Workforce Development

Virginia Accord: Re-visioning Virginia for the Next 100 Years

Prepared in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects, the Virginia Accord seeks to set forth a common commitment for the next century that encourages an environmentally sustainable built environment for the public good of Virginia citizens.
Keyword: Workforce Development and Employment