EDUCATION

Virginia is one of a growing number of states exploring testing as a way to combat COVID-19 in K-12 schools.Dr. Laurie Forlano, a deputy commissioner for the Virginia Department of Health, said the agency is launching a pilot program to provide rapid antigen tests to schools across the state....
Makya Little was helping her fourth-grade daughter review for the Virginia Studies SOL, a standardized test on state history, when she found herself taken aback by one of the questions on the study guide.“She gets to this one question that says ‘What’s the status of the early African?’” said...
In late September, when Virginia health officials launched a dashboard that detailed outbreaks in K-12 schools across the state, it was applauded as a long-needed step toward more transparency — and a relief for parents hesitant over the prospect of sending their children back to the classroom.Six months later,...
Virginia’s colleges and universities weathered the COVID-19 pandemic without a significant loss in enrollment, according to new analysis from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. However, the report did flag a major drop in community college attendance.“Big picture, Virginia colleges dodged a bullet,” said Tom Allison, SCHEV’s...
By Anya Sczerzenie/ Capital News Service Shayla McCartney remembers where she was when the pandemic closed her university. “It was spring break,” said McCartney, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. “I was at home with my mom, we were marathoning ‘Gilmore Girls.’ We got the email that said ‘don’t...
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is urging states to prioritize teachers for COVID-19 vaccines, setting a goal of ensuring that every pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educator, school staff member and childcare worker is able to receive at least one shot this month.At least 34 states and the District of...
Virginia schools will be required to provide in-person instruction by this summer under a bill passed by both chambers of the General Assembly.The Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to accept a compromise bill developed in collaboration with House Democrats. Democrats in both chambers resisted multiple attempts to add...
When Virginia senators passed a bill requiring local school divisions to provide in-person instruction by the summer, some anticipated the legislation would face an uphill battle in the House.Nearly a month later, though, the same legislation is now on the verge of passing both chambers after several rounds of...
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”– President John F. Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961. Pardon me while I irritate some progressives.Government spending and programs are not the only answer to some of the nation’s most persistent needs.That’s not to...
A Senate committee voted Thursday to kill legislation aimed at expanding diversity in Virginia’s governor’s schools — a hot-button issue that’s sown debate at some of the state’s elite public institutions.Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, made the motion to table the bill indefinitely over strong objections from Black...