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Virginia universities end vaccine mandates and more headlines

By: - February 1, 2022

• At least four state universities — VCU, UVA, Virginia Tech and George Mason — announced they are ending COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students in line with an opinion issued by Attorney General Jason Miyares.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Virginia Department of Taxation sent thousands of people in Virginia Beach their neighbors’ tax forms. “It’s just wrong,” one […]

A tussle over VMI’s equity efforts and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 31, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he plans to serve four years, but his aggressive start is fueling speculation he could run for higher office.—Associated Press • The first Black superintendent of VMI took to Facebook to blast critics of the military school’s diversity and equity efforts.—Washington Post • Youngkin went for a face-to-face meeting last week with a […]

Investigation into I-95 fiasco finds flaws in Va.’s emergency response and more headlines

By: - January 28, 2022

• An investigation into the snowstorm fiasco on I-95 found “internal miscommunications, botched public messaging and holes in the state’s emergency response added to the confusion, raising questions about Virginia’s preparedness for this and future disasters.”—Washington Post • University leaders appeared alongside Gov. Glenn Youngkin to support his pitch for new K-12 charter schools run […]

More than half of Virginia school districts defying Youngkin’s masking order and more headlines

By: - January 27, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin said he’s “having a ball” and is “surprised that so many are surprised” by his early executive actions on critical race theory and masks in schools.—Washington Post • More than half of Virginia’s school districts were still requiring masks despite Youngkin’s order telling parents they can opt out.—Washington Post • Youngkin […]

Youngkin touts tipline for reporting ‘divisive’ concepts in school and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 26, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin wants parents to use an email tipline to report “divisive” concepts in schools.—Virginian-Pilot • In a new magazine profile, former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. self-analyzes his recent fall from power. “Because of my last name, people think I’m a religious person. But I’m not. My goal was to make […]

More school districts sue over Youngkin mask order and more Va. headlines

By: - January 25, 2022

• As his ban on school mask mandates drew another legal challenge from a coalition of local school officials, Gov. Glenn Youngkin said school districts resisting his order “aren’t recognizing the rights of parents.”—Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch • Youngkin has proposed $3.5 billion in budget amendments, without specifying how he would pay for them.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Some congressional […]

Evaluating Youngkin’s first week in office and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 24, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s assertive first week in office pleased some in the GOP and left other allies worried. “He really started with the culture wars.”—Washington Post • School officials around the state braced for protest today as Youngkin’s executive order to end mask mandates goes into effect. “The governor [is] throwing jet fuel on an already […]

Big corporate donations to Youngkin and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 21, 2022

• New Attorney General Jason Miyares is going to bat in court to try to defend Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order making masks optional in public schools.—Richmond Times-Dispach • School systems are still wrestling with how to respond to the mask order. Chesterfield County, Stafford County and Portsmouth are keeping their mask mandates. Chesapeake and Virginia Beach are […]

New Virginia diversity officer will serve as ‘ambassador for the unborn’ and more headlines

By: - January 20, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin is overhauling the role of the state’s diversity, equity and inclusion officer, naming a critical race theory critic to the job who will also serve as an “ambassador for the unborn.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • More than 750 workers at Ballad Health, which serves Southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee, missed work Wednesday after […]

Senators reject campaign donation caps and more Va. headlines

By: - January 19, 2022

• At least four of Virginia’s colleges and universities have scrapped COVID-19 vaccine mandates for their employees following Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive action.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A group of Chesapeake parents suing over Youngkin’s order weakening school mask mandates say their families will suffer “irreparable harm” if the action is allowed to stand.—Virginian-Pilot • The conservative-leaning Spotsylvania County School […]

Schools with mask mandates could lose state funds and more Va. headlines

By: - January 18, 2022

• In his first joint address to the General Assembly, Gov. Glenn Youngkin asked lawmakers to work with him on a “sweeping vision of change.”—Associated Press, Washington Post • In a Fox News appearance, Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears said Youngkin might withhold state funds from school systems that insist on mask mandates.—Fox News • The Virginia chapter of the […]

Youngkin launches fight over school mask rules and more Va. headlines

By: - January 17, 2022

• School systems in Northern Virginia and elsewhere said they’re keeping their mask mandates, despite Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that seems to make masks optional.—WTOP, Washington Post • Identifying herself as an Arlington County parent, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki publicly pushed back on Youngkin’s mask order.—The Hill • Youngkin said he will “consider all options” […]