EDUCATION

A new federal report finds systemic failures in how the Virginia Department of Education monitors and responds to special education complaints against local school districts.VDOE is contesting several findings in the June 23 letter, sent to Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane by the U.S. Department of Education...
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats called Monday for more federal aid for education as the nation’s schools prepare to reopen this fall. “Unless the federal government provides immediate relief, it won’t be a matter of whether education funding will be cut, but how deep the cuts will be,” said U.S. Rep....
Colleges and universities in Virginia have the go-ahead to admit students on campus this fall.But they’ll be expected to follow new guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health and submit “comprehensive reopening plans” to the State Council for Higher Education, which must review and approve them before campuses can...
Less than a year ago, a Democratic challenger trying to unseat then-Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox was put on the defensive after he ran an attack ad claiming she called for the removal of police in schools. In 2018, months after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a...
As schools in Virginia prepare to reopen, some teachers still have questions on how the state’s new guidelines will be implemented.On Tuesday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that K-12 education will follow a phased reopening similar to the rest of the state, with the hope of slowly reintroducing in-person instruction...
An investigation into Virginia school districts’ digital privacy policies reveals data breaches, decade-old guidelines and educators struggling to keep up with fast-moving tech during the coronavirus crisis.By Tom Nash / Virginia Center for Investigative JournalismIllustration by Sam HundleyAs the COVID-19 pandemic swept through Virginia, the state’s largest and wealthiest...
WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities across the country are getting emergency federal aid for COVID-19, but some of the most vulnerable students won’t be eligible for assistance.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the emergency grants — part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief act that Congress approved last month...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finalized rules Wednesday that the administration says will improve due process in campus sexual assault cases, but that critics warn could discourage victims from coming forward.The new regulations expand rights for people accused of sexual misconduct on college campuses and make other changes to federal...
By Keith PerriganOver the last several weeks our commonwealth has dealt with a tremendous amount of troubling news.However, high poverty school divisions, especially small and rural school divisions, got some much needed good news this weekend when Gov. Ralph Northam proposed amendments to dedicate a portion of the...
Since 1955, scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have been trawling the waters of the Chesapeake Bay to find out just what lies beneath the surface.Croaker, blue catfish, spot, blue crab, the flat brown fish known as the hogchoker — all have passed through the nets of...