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VPM Daily Newscast: April 11, 2023

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of April 11, 2023:   

State considers changes to school accreditation

Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly

Next week, the Virginia Board of Education will consider changes to how schools across the state are scored and measured as effective — part of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s push to raise standards and increase transparency about student test scores.

Youngkin administration officials proposed adding two new indicators: annual student pass rates for reading and math. Current school-quality metrics combine students who pass state standardized tests with those who showed significant growth since the prior year.

Firehouse Theatre festival spotlights local first responders

Reported by VPM News’ Phil Liles

Firehouse Theatre along West Broad Street in Richmond is wrapping up a festival of four new one-act plays this week. Each was written by a local first responder and details their experiences on the front lines.

Betty Migliaccio has worked as a firefighter for the city of Richmond for nearly a decade. Her story, "Eight Buttons," is a flashback triggered by the death of a colleague.

“Some of the topics are hard to hear,” Migliaccio said.

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