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Nathaniel Cline

Nathaniel Cline

Nathaniel is an award-winning journalist who's been covering news across the country since 2007, including politics at The Loudoun Times-Mirror and The Northern Neck News in Virginia as well as sports for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. He has also hosted podcasts, worked as a television analyst for Spectrum Sports, and appeared as a panelist for conferences and educational programs. A graduate of Bowie State University, Nathaniel grew up in Hawaii and the United Kingdom as a military brat. Five things he must have before leaving home: his cellphone, Black Panther water bottle, hand sanitizer, wedding ring and Philadelphia Eagles keychain.

Despite public pushback, Board of Ed accepts draft history standards for first review

By: - February 2, 2023

The Virginia Board of Education voted to accept for first review the newest draft of Virginia’s hotly debated history and social science standards Thursday on a 5-3 vote. President Daniel Gecker, Vice President Tammy Mann and board member Anne Holton, all appointees of former Govs. Ralph Northam and Terry McAuliffe, opposed moving forward with the […]

Lawmakers consider limiting storage of license plate reader data to 30 days

By: - February 2, 2023

Virginia is considering codifying a 2020 Supreme Court decision that allowed law enforcement to use and store data from license plate readers while also limiting the storage of most data to 30 days. Del. Bill Wiley, R-Winchester, the patron of House Bill 1437, said the legislation intends to help law enforcement solve cases involving human […]

Virginia public schools seek solutions after Dept. of Ed error leads to $201 million shortfall

By: - January 31, 2023

Statewide aid estimates for Virginia’s public schools were $201 million short of what districts expected to receive, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration confirmed last week after discovering a flaw in the budget in December.  On Friday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow notified school division superintendents that the basic aid calculation tool used to determine how […]

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With student loan forgiveness halted, White House says 685K Virginia borrowers eligible for relief

By: - January 29, 2023

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider the legality of President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program, the White House on Friday released data showing 685,000 borrowers in Virginia applied or were automatically eligible for debt relief.  Of those, 429,000 applications were approved by the U.S. Department of Education and sent to loan servicers […]

Bill increasing parental oversight of school library materials clears House but faces tough Senate

By: - January 27, 2023

Legislation giving parents more control over checkout procedures for books and materials in Virginia’s public school libraries passed the Republican-controlled House of Delegates Thursday. But Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, D-Richmond, who chairs the Senate’s public education subcommittee, said such a proposal is unlikely to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. The Senate Education and Health Committee earlier this […]

Green Book legislation passes Virginia House

By: - January 25, 2023

Decades before people could rely on the internet for hotel or restaurant suggestions, Black Americans traveling across the country during the Jim Crow era relied on a guidebook of amenities to keep safe in segregated parts of the country. Now Virginia legislators are considering giving travelers the opportunity to explore the routes and places found in […]

General Assembly to weigh proposal to turn college savings surplus into scholarships

By: - January 23, 2023

After a review found a Virginia college savings program has racked up more than a billion dollars in surplus funds, a lawmaker is proposing to put that money toward scholarships for low-income students. “I think this is a unique opportunity for us to use these dollars forever,” said Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, the patron of […]

Foster youth in Virginia colleges have nowhere to go during breaks. A bill wants to fix that.

By: - January 19, 2023

Virginia lawmakers are considering a solution for college and university students who came out of foster care and may not have a place to return during breaks. Del. Anne Tata, R-Virginia Beach, is proposing House Bill 1403 to require higher education institutions in Virginia to provide housing access at no cost to foster students during […]

Facing teacher shortages, Virginia legislators propose ideas to bring up pay, lighten workloads

By: - January 17, 2023

As Virginia continues to struggle with teacher shortages, lawmakers have proposed a range of bills that aim to address low job satisfaction among public school teachers.  The state’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission recently found that 10,900 teachers left the workforce ahead of the current school year, while only 7,208 teachers with first-time licenses […]

Lawmakers consider expanding eligibility for state Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship

By: - January 13, 2023

Nearly a million dollars sits in a state scholarship fund for people denied a public education during Massive Resistance, when Virginia imposed a set of laws to prevent school desegregation. Now a lawmaker is pushing to expand the criteria for more candidates to apply. Last month, Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, filed House Bill 1419, which […]

General Assembly poised to take up array of parental rights bills

By: - January 12, 2023

Virginia Republicans’ push for parental rights, a term used to cover a range of policies from so-called school choice to oversight of public school library books, is poised to spark debates as the General Assembly convenes this week in Richmond.  Starting on Thursday, lawmakers will dig deeper into a slate of education bills that include […]

Virginia attorney general extends TJ investigation to all Fairfax County schools

By: - January 9, 2023

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office has extended its civil rights investigation of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology to all high schools in Fairfax County, claiming officials allegedly withheld National Merit Scholarship honors from their students. “It’s concerning that multiple schools throughout Fairfax County withheld merit awards from students,” said Miyares in […]