EDUCATION

WASHINGTON — A long-simmering feud between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and congressional Democrats over student loan forgiveness is heating up as several hundred thousand borrowers continue to wait for help on loans they claim were fraudulent.DeVos narrowly avoided a congressional subpoena earlier this month after a lengthy fight...
The state board that oversees community colleges will explore what on-campus or nearby student housing could look like at the system’s 23 schools.Chancellor Glenn DuBois, who is in charge of leading the community college system as it anticipates a decline in enrollment, said he thinks housing would draw more...
NORFOLK — To help lawmakers tackle a bipartisan goal of raising teacher pay, state budget staff tried to untangle for them exactly what the average teacher's pay is in the state.The takeaway: There are different ways to calculate that number, but it’s clear some districts fall far below any...
New changes to the formula that determines how much financial aid money colleges get from the state will redirect money to low-income students. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia allocates aid money from the state to each public college and university, which is then responsible for awarding it...
ETTRICK — To fulfill Amazon’s need for workers with advanced technology skills as well as those of other tech employers, the state is investing $1 billion over 20 years at Virginia colleges and universities. The state will spend the money on schools that have committed to producing a certain number...
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The commission charged with making recommendations to create a more accurate and complete representation of black history in state education guidelines plans to finish its work by the time the state makes changes to the Standards of Learning again.The 34-member Virginia Commission on African American History Education...
In some competitive races around the state, Democratic candidates are promising to restore funding for public schools.But it’s not a small — or cheap — task.Last week, the state Board of Education recommended new standards for public schools that would require close to a billion more dollars a year...
Advocates say one student was charged for singing a rap song on a school bus. Another for cutting in line. A third for running and shouting in the cafeteria.The crime: disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor that’s drawing more and more kids in Virginia schools into the criminal justice system.The number...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Democrats are leading efforts in Congress to stop the mass denial of student debt relief to millions of teachers, nurses, first responders and other public servants. They’re pressing the Trump administration to fix the problem, while the Education Department is blaming Congress for a loan forgiveness program...
Virginia teachers are cheering a proposal to make student test scores less of a consideration when evaluating how effective they are in the classroom.The proposal, which the Board of Education could approve next month, would let local school boards decide how much test scores factor into annual evaluations as...