EDUCATION

Teachers in Virginia’s largest metro areas have a higher cost burden for housing than the national average, according to an analysis of census data.Apartment List, a website that helps people find rental homes, analyzed the cost of housing as it relates to teachers’ incomes the country’s 50-largest metro areas,...
For the first time in decades, Virginia lawmakers have agreed to increase the minimum number of counselors required in schools.But they also decided not to fully fund those positions in the state budget.“July 1, 2019, there will be a new law in Virginia that improves the school counselor-to-student ratio...
The Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council will study a bill that would require universities to share the terms and conditions of donations from private entities.Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 2386 to create firm rules on when donors to public colleges and universities can be anonymous; what...
A new interpretation of a federal law by the U.S. Department of Justice could mean some nationwide games offered by the Virginia Lottery would have to stop, cutting off about 15 percent of the agency’s annual sales.The Virginia Lottery is following legal proceedings "very closely" related to the opinion,...
Gov. Ralph Northam wants to do an off-year review of the state’s K-12 history curriculum, an effort that has become more pressing since he committed the last years of his term to racial reconciliation.“The governor would like to have an off-cycle review of our history and civic curriculum, what...
According to a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt textbook allowed for use in Virginia high school classrooms, the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles were a burst of violence brought on by black Americans’ frustration about discrimination.But that’s not the whole story: Before the riots broke out, there was a violent...
In recent years, state education officials have started to cut back on the number of tests students take, changed some graduation requirements and pushed to fund preschool.But, Gov. Ralph Northam said on Monday, not enough people know that's happening.He introduced the "Virginia is for Learners" marketing campaign this week,...
The weekly pay of Virginia teachers in the last four years has fallen 31 percent lower than the wages of other college-educated workers, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute.The Washington D.C.-based liberal-leaning think tank found that teachers in every state make less than their similarly-educated peers....
The Virginia Lottery had its third-most successful month ever in March, the same month the agency took TV and radio advertisement off the air for National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.March is typically a strong sales month, but a $768 million jackpot in the Mega Millions game likely helped in...
A study from the Coastal Plant Ecology Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University found that a naturally occurring process that has made barrier islands resilient to sea-level rise has been affected by climate change and is making the islands more susceptible to the impact of rising water levels.Typically, Virginia's barrier...