McDonnell speaks to students via laptop, touts virtual schools
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) spoke to nearly 100 students across the state this afternoon using a laptop set up in the living room at the Executive Mansion.
The children -- all students at the Virginia Virtual Academy -- take classes online from their own homes. A handful of students from the school were also on a class field trip to Capitol Square today learning about how a bill becomes a law. They visited the mansion and saw the governor in person.
"This is an exciting new way of learning,'' McDonnell said. "When I was growing up, we didn't have anything like this."
The children, grades K to 8th grade, asked loads of questions -- what's his favorite room in the mansion (bedroom), what did he study in school (law and business), what does he like to do in his space time (hang out with his kids and argue about ideas).
Before the governor came in, First Lady Maureen McDonnell greeted the students and spoke to them about the nearly 200-year-old house. She told them that she loved that her husband worked so closed to home -- and that he has come home to eat lunch at least once a week since he has become governor.
Just last week, McDonnell asked legislators to expand the number of virtual schools in the state so students can learn outside traditional classrooms.
Photo courtesy Michaele White, Office of the Governor.
February 18, 2010; 5:48 PM ET
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