for a Lifetime is a series of targeted, innovative reforms aimed
at improving the quality of education in Virginia -- for all
Commonwealth citizens. Introduced prior to the historic, bipartisan
passage of the Tax Reform Act of 2004 (which substantially increased
sorely needed funding for public education), the program has
improved the state's educational system in ways that
are low-cost yet yield effective results.
The program's goals are several. Its initiatives range from
helping ensure that children enter school healthy and ready to
learn, to attracting and retaining the best teachers, to better
preparing young adults for either the job market or higher education.
Governor Warners efforts to achieve excellence in our
educational system are not confined to kindergarten through
high school. Recognizing that the typical worker in the 21st century will likely change jobs 10 to 12 times over the course of a career, Education for a Lifetime is also working to equip Virginians for change and help them upgrade their skills through life..
More specifically, the program contains
the following broad elements:
Higher Quality Child
Care. To help ensure that every child enters school ready
to learn, Education for a Lifetime aims to strengthen early childhood education
and child care programs in Virginia.
- Learn more about the Governor's
A Renewed Commitment
to Accountability. To verify that our tax dollars are being
spent wisely, Education for a Lifetime has established an efficiency review program in individual school divisions.
These reviews examine school operations to find reasonable savings. Education
for a Lifetime has also expanded Project Graduation, which helps
seniors in high school meet the more stringent graduation requirements
which took effect in the 2003-2004 school year.
Senior Year Reform. Under
the Early College Scholars program, Education for a Lifetime
offers rising seniors an opportunity to earn a semesters
worth of college credit by the end of their senior year. Non-college
bound seniors can work towards an industry certification (starting
in their senior year and continuing after high school graduation)
to give them both a high school diploma and a specific work certification.
fact, Governor Warner's focus on Virginia seniors directly
led tothe creation of his major initiative, "Reforming the American
High School," which he directed as chairman of the National
Improved Teacher Recruitment
and Retention. Education for a Lifetime has
established a substantive mentoring programs for new teachers
in hard-to-staff schools, and trained and deployed several Turn-Around
Specialists to work in low-performing schools in Virginia.
- Find out more about the
Teacher Support and Retention initiatives
Increased Economic Development
Through Higher Education. To help achieve greater economic
benefits from our system of higher education, the Education for
a Lifetime Initiative creates incentives for colleges to
increase the amount of cutting-edge research conducted at our
states public universities and colleges.
Improved Workforce Development.
The Education for a Lifetime program has created the Career Readiness Certificate, a portable credential that shows employers across the country what skills a Virginia worker may posses. The program has also improved workplace training and service delivery
by streamlining existing programs and eliminating redundant training.