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(The Center Square) – Although almost nine in 10 public schools in Virginia earned full accreditation with the state Board of Education, Gov. Glenn Youngkin is warning that those numbers fail to address learning losses and growing achievement gaps for students.

About 89% of schools earned full accreditation, according to numbers released by the Virginia Department of Education. That shows a three-point loss for the public school system compared to data prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though a large majority of schools are meeting these standards, both the governor and the department warned that the standards have been lowered and accreditation has been made easier in recent years.

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