EDUCATION

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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 […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY

New monuments must mean more than memorialization

BY: - January 16, 2023

Soon, statues of Barbara Johns and Henrietta Lacks – two Black, Virginia-born women who contributed to significant educational and scientific progress in America – will be erected, one in Roanoke and the other in the U.S. Capitol. These new figures emerge after the eviction of the Confederate warmongers memorialized in metal that used to tower […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY

Virginia should fully fund public education before prioritizing vouchers

BY: - January 12, 2023

Virginia is one of the richest states in the nation in median household income, often among the top ten. State legislators, however, consistently fail to meet the funding standards set by the Virginia Board of Education for students in K-12 public schools.   We rank near the bottom in per-pupil spending for public education, at a […]

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 […]

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One-third of Virginia community colleges lack close public transit connections

BY: - January 9, 2023

Two-thirds of community and technical college campuses in Virginia are within a half-mile walking distance of a public transit stop.  For the remaining third, students traveling by public transit must walk more than half a mile to reach campus, with a quarter of all Virginia campuses located more than four and a half miles from […]

Republican lawmakers revive push for school choice legislation

BY: - January 5, 2023

Republican lawmakers are reviving school choice legislation as part of what they say is a push to strengthen parental rights and expand educational opportunities. On Thursday, Del. Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Beach, held a press conference after filing House Bill 1508 to create the Virginia Education Account Program, a proposal that would allow parents to set […]