EDUCATION

As Virginia lawmakers consider how to spend more than $4.3 billion in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan, two former state leaders are calling for more investment in the state’s historically Black colleges and universities. Former Gov. Doug Wilder and Jim Dyke, who served as Virginia’s first Black secretary...
WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their personal brands. But the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing shed little light on...
Virginia Beach native and multiple Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams has announced he’ll create a private school in Norfolk initially aimed at third-to-fifth-graders from low-income families. He will thus become the latest entertainer around the country to spearhead an alternative to traditional schools.  It will be called Yellowhab and provide...
FALLS CHURCH — Gov. Ralph Northam traveled to Northern Virginia last week with a timeworn message for this year’s high school graduates as they enter adulthood: Anything is possible in America. “The sky is the limit,” he said during an in-person outdoor ceremony at George Mason High School in Falls...
Virginia schools received nearly $2 billion from the federal government in its latest round of COVID-19 relief funding for public education. But while current guidance allows that money to pay for pandemic-related improvements — including new HVAC systems, window repairs or replacing carpeted areas with tile — it strongly discourages...
Virginia Military Institute’s superintendent says he’s not surprised by the findings in a law firm's scathing report released Tuesday that concluded the school long tolerated institutional racism and sexism. But he pushed back at assertions that leaders of the 180-year-old school were unwilling to change. The Virginia Mercury interviewed Maj. Gen....
Genisus Holland was a high schooler at Maggie Walker in Richmond — one of Virginia’s competitive governor’s schools — when she and her classmates were assigned an end-of-year writing project. “You could either do a sonnet, a rap, or some other poem,” said Holland, who’s now a freshman at George...
By Makya Renée Little A few years back, I visited upstate New York with a friend to celebrate the medical school graduation of another friend. We both forgot to pack lotion and decided to grab some on our way to the celebration. Unfortunately, the pump on the bottle was defective. Sensing...
Black high school students in Virginia are sharply underrepresented in Advanced Placement courses even when they’re not low-income — and even when they attend advantaged, largely homogeneous schools, a new report says. The same findings don’t hold true for other student groups, and are part of a larger focus on...
By Sarah Elson/ Capital News Service College and high school graduations will still look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but more Virginia universities are returning to in-person ceremonies. Graduations will be held online, in person or a hybrid format. Gov. Ralph Northam announced last month preliminary guidance for graduation events, which...