EDUCATION

In early February — just a few weeks after the U.S. confirmed its first case of coronavirus transmission — it wasn’t a question of when the University of Virginia would develop its own test for the virus. It was a question of whether to do it.“We were trying to...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers.Senate Democrats forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to overturn federal rules within 60 days after...
For the last few days of the 2020 General Assembly session, college tuition freezes were a sticking point for House and Senate budget negotiators. Such a sticking point, in fact, that legislators extended their deadline for reaching a deal.But a last-minute compromise appeared to offer the best of both...
By Della Dumbaugh Katherine Johnson, an African American mathematician who made critical contributions to the space program at NASA, died Feb. 24 at the age of 101.Johnson became a household name thanks to the celebrated book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians...
Keith Perrigan, superintendent of Bristol Public Schools, can think of a lot of ways to spend $130,000. He said it would pay for three, nearly four new school roofs, or the debt service on a $1 million construction loan.“It could take care of boilers and chillers, or asbestos abatement,”...
Proposed legislation in the 2020 General Assembly would require universities to craft policies for expunging transcript notations in cases of sexual misconduct.
Lawmakers have argued on guns, gambling and gerrymandering over the first few weeks of this year’s legislative session. But there’s at least one area where they all agree: sunscreen.Both chambers of the General Assembly unanimously passed a bill to allow any public elementary or secondary schoolers to carry —...
When it comes to stressing the needs of cash-strapped school districts, Keith Perrigan, president of the state’s Coalition of Small and Rural Schools, likes to let other educators do the talking.Members of the coalition shared plenty of anecdotes at a news conference on Thursday outlining their priorities in the...
By Susan GoodenState lawmakers have the opportunity in the next few weeks to approve a plan that could improve the lives of tens of thousands of our fellow Virginians.When he laid out his agenda for the 2020 General Assembly, Gov. Ralph Northam offered a proposal he calls G3, “Get...
Legislation aimed at forcing student loan service companies to be more transparent and forthcoming in their dealings with borrowers cleared the House of Delegates with bipartisan support Monday.The bill creates a “borrower's bill of rights” and would subject the student loan industry to rules in line with what are...