EDUCATION

Student loans: Just over a million Virginians have $38 billion worth of them and have made thousands of complaints about confusing rules, ballooning balances and misapplied payments to the federal government in the past three years.Since January, students have been able to send concerns to Scott Kemp, the state's...
Over the last five years, Jimmy Trujillo’s stepdaughter has moved through elementary and middle school in Richmond with average grades but below-average and stagnating English skills.His daughter, now in high school, can only read, write and speak a handful of English words, according to her standardized language test results.Without...
The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a closely-watched dispute over fundraising foundations established by public universities and whether they should be subject to freedom of information laws that govern the schools themselves.The case hails from George Mason University, where a student group called Transparent GMU sued...
After the morning bell rang on the first day of school at Fox Elementary in Richmond and the children had filed into their classrooms, four people remained outside the school.Two people at one corner of the school held signs that read "Save Our Neighborhood Schools," while the other two...
Jenny Aghomo was excited about the new teachers and friends her daughter would meet if the majority-black school she attended in Richmond merged with a nearby majority-white school as part of a plan to increase the diversity of both student bodies.Then Aghomo heard what some parents from that majority-white...
Thanks to an increased interest in on-campus housing, 20 first-year students at Virginia Commonwealth University will live in converted spaces in the university's newest dorm.Photos of student lounges with dorm beds and other furniture in VCU's Gladding Residence Center began circulating Twitter on Monday.ASKSKSKSKSKSKKSKKSK pic.twitter.com/V5ZBqB6gnx — ʜᴀʟᴇs (@hotgirlhales) August 12,...
The total average cost of college in Virginia rose 2.1 percent for in-state undergrads this academic year, the lowest increase since 2000, an annual report from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia found.SCHEV's annual tuition and fees report details increases in public college charges, including tuition, mandatory...
Renovation has begun on the Alderman Library, the main library at the University of Virginia. Library materials have been moved to other stacks, preliminary construction will begin in January 2020, and the library will be fully closed in May 2020, re-opening in 2023. The university has invested $160 million...
A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending and the NAACP said black and Latino college graduates may struggle with higher and more difficult-to-manage student loan debt than their white counterparts.“Historically, access to higher education has been dramatically unequal,” the report stated. “This pattern persists today as African-American...
The Virginia Board of Education is considering a recommendation that would lay out minimum funding requirements for a state budget item used to help at-risk students, a move intended to put pressure on the General Assembly to increase education spending.The board is going through its regular process of amending...