EDUCATION

Governing boards of public colleges and universities may soon have to hold public comment sessions before raising tuition.A bill from Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, unanimously passed the Senate this week. Petersen has introduced the bill during the last two sessions, but it got stuck in the Senate Finance Committee.Over...
Republican leaders of the House Appropriations committee left most of Gov. Ralph Northam’s budget proposals out of their own budget that invests heavily in education.Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, committee chairman, made clear Northam would not get all of the $2.1 billion of budget amendments he rolled out in the...
The Senate's Education and Health Committee advanced legislation Thursday that would allow public high schools to offer an elective Bible study course.The legislation is part of a nationwide push in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia, according to USA Today."It teaches a lot about all other religions. It teaches a...
By Adrian Teran-Tapia/Capital News ServiceSince 2007, tuition at Virginia’s public colleges and universities has increased an average of 80 percent, with schools like Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William & Mary more than doubling their tuition.The rising cost of a college education prompted Del. David Reid, D-Loudoun,...
By Saffeya Ahmed/ Capital News ServiceOn an afternoon last spring, Wesley Lipicky, a third-grader at Franconia Elementary School in Fairfax County, was helping his teacher in the gymnasium when he became caught between a motorized room partition and a gym wall. The 9-year-old boy suffered traumatic head injuries and...
By Saffeya Ahmed/ Capital News ServiceA legislative panel rejected a bill protecting student journalists from administrative censorship on a tie vote Monday.House Bill 2382, sponsored by Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, would have protected free speech for student journalists in public elementary, middle and high schools, as well as public...
Hundreds of teachers and public education advocates marched through Richmond on Monday to demand more money for teacher pay, school support staff and other educational needs.Teachers from across the state told stories of not being able to afford supplies to make the signs they carried, limiting how often they...
Lifting a decade-long cap on certain state-funded school staffing won't come cheap, but Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, is asking the General Assembly to do it — again."I know last year I broke the bank with my budget amendments and this year, I might have again," McClellan said in a...
Researchers at UVA found an 18 percent increase in reports of bullying in Virginia middle schools last year in localities where Trump won.A survey before the 2016 election found no difference in bullying rates between the localities.The results, based on a semi-annual survey of 150,000 state middle school students,...
A new study by the Commonwealth Institute suggests that allowing students with deferred action immigration status to pay in-state tuition at Virginia colleges and universities does not create a cost burden for the state.In the fall of 2017, there were only 418 students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,...