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Standardize testing has been in a heated topic for years with strong opinions of its place and value on both sides of the discussion.  More recently this issue has intensified to the point where several states have repealed or altered testing requirements.  In other areas, thousands of students have boycotted the exams. 

On February 13th, WHRO welcomed over 75 stakeholders to our studio to participate in a discussion about how our community can work together to prevent young people from dropping out of school. Many of the stakeholders at the town hall had also participated in community conversations that were held in early January. The community conversations identified local priorities for improving student outcomes and helped to focus the town hall discussion.

By Cheryl Ross  

Published March 21, 2012

Jasmine SmithJasmine Smith’s dark brown eyes widened at the flurry of men and women passing Tidewater Community College buildings or disappearing into busy restaurants on Norfolk’s downtown Granby Street. It was the second downtown she’d ever visited – the other was in the nearby, smaller city of Portsmouth, her home – and she said, “I’ve never seen this many people.”

On March 28, 2012, WHRO hosted an American Graduate Teacher Town Hall, moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, executive producer and host of WHRV's weekly Another View radio program.