For the last seven years Ryan McKinnon has covered education and local government at newspapers in Florida and Virginia. He is a former high school English teacher. He can be reached at [email protected]
Should every school have a police officer?
By: Ryan McKinnon - January 31, 2022
Legislation that would require every public school in Virginia to have a full-time police officer on duty is expected to come before House and Senate committees this week. Sen. Bill DeSteph and Del. Karen Greenhalgh, both Republicans from Virginia Beach, filed matching bills in the Senate and House of Delegates that would require each school district […]
‘Adam’s Law,’ aimed at college hazing, passes Senate
By: Ryan McKinnon - January 26, 2022
An anti-hazing bill, inspired by the death of a Virginia Commonwealth University freshman last year, passed a major hurdle Wednesday when the state Senate unanimously approved the legislation, known as “Adam’s Law.” Adam Oakes, a 19-year old freshman from Sterling, died of alcohol poisoning in February 2021 after his family says he was told to […]
Delegate continues fight against seasonal clock changes
By: Ryan McKinnon - January 18, 2022
No more falling back or springing forward, if Del. Nick Freitas, R- Culpeper, has his way. The lawmaker has filed legislation to put an end to daylight saving time in Virginia. The change would eliminate the annual practice of setting clocks forward one hour on the second Sunday of March, and then moving clocks back […]
How far can Youngkin’s school-choice push go?
By: Ryan McKinnon - January 4, 2022
Education has been the number one priority for Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin, both on the campaign trail and as he prepares his transition to the Executive Mansion in Richmond. Youngkin promised to boost teacher pay and rebuild crumbling facilities, keep schools open throughout the ongoing pandemic and eradicate “critical race theory” from the classroom. Budgets come […]