EDUCATION

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is expected to vote next week on a resolution that would overturn a federal rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers.The resolution — led by Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule,...
By Alexa Capeloto In April 2018, the public learned that George Mason University had let the Charles Koch Foundation have a say in the hiring and review of faculty. The revelation confirmed long-held suspicions that Virginia’s largest public university was susceptible to pressure from wealthy people who make big donations...
A bill before the General Assembly this year would require the state Department of Education to develop model policies for issues affecting transgender students. The proposed legislation comes as disparate school policies across the state have contributed to lawsuits brought against school systems and as transgender Virginians gain visibility in...
CLIFTON FORGE — Alleghany County Sheriff Dale Muterspaugh went on a crusade in 2004, pledging his department’s resources to find the primary victim of a massive vandalism case at the high school. In July, dive teams searching the bottom of Pike Pond found what they were looking for: the...
For years, Democratic lawmakers called on Republicans — who had legislative and budgetary control — to fully fund public education to the threshold set by the state Board of Education.But if Gov. Ralph Northam’s budget proposal is approved as presented, the new Democratic majority would still fall short, advocates...
Gov. Ralph Northam’s pledge to boost funding for the state’s two, public black universities — assuming the General Assembly agrees — will help counteract decades of state neglect and provide financial flexibility to campus administrators. What it won’t do is solve the ongoing conundrum facing historically black colleges and universities:...
Republicans made college affordability a priority in their time as the majority party and used those successes — like last year’s tuition freeze — in campaigns.This year, the new Democratic majority will consider the historic undertaking of making community college free for some students and decide if some of...
A proposal from a Republican senator would require student approval before a public college or university approves a tuition raise.Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, wants tuition hikes to go to the students who will have to pay for it before a governing board votes. His legislation, which he introduced last...
Virginia’s historically black colleges and universities have some of the lowest four-and five-year graduation rates in the state, falling well below 50% at most of the schools.It’s an outcome driven in part by decades of inadequate funding for the large populations of low-income, first-generation and minority students the institutions...
Teachers earning average pay in Virginia will get nearly $1,500 closer to earning the national average teacher salary under Gov. Ralph Northam’s budget proposal.Northam has proposed using $145 million for a 3% teacher pay raise. It's part of a $1.2 billion package of K-12 education initiatives the governor is...