EDUCATION

Most HBCU bomb threats may be coming from one juvenile, FBI official tells Congress

BY: - March 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — A top FBI official told members of a U.S. House panel on Thursday that the agency believes a single juvenile is behind most of the bomb threats made to more than 30 historically black colleges and universities. Ryan Young, executive assistant director of the Intelligence Branch at the FBI, said that the bomb […]

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Fully fund our schools

BY: - March 11, 2022

By Ella Shields I thought my middle school years would be filled with drama, craziness and immature boys. However, my experience at Binford Middle School in Richmond was difficult in other ways due to the facilities and lack of funding.  When kids were given glue sticks for classroom work, they were told to share with […]

Va. superintendents push back on Youngkin administration’s ‘divisive content’ report

BY: - March 10, 2022

Local school administrators are pushing back on an interim report that rescinded equity initiatives at the Virginia Department of Education and calling on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration to terminate a tipline for “divisive” teaching. In a Thursday letter, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents said the recent report made “gross assumptions” about public education in […]

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The General Assembly keeps finding ways to not solve Virginia’s school construction problem

BY: - March 10, 2022

You’ve got to hand it to the 140 Honorables in Richmond. When presented with massive problems that require determined, disciplined, dedicated solutions, they often do far less than required.  And then they pat themselves on the back – in constituent and campaign literature – proclaiming “everything’s fine!” and that they’ve fixed things. It’s downright nauseating.  […]

Name, image, likeness legislation on the way to the governor

BY: - March 10, 2022

From communication firms to restaurants and cryptocurrency agencies, Virginia’s top college athletes had already started taking advantage of the change in NCAA rules allowing them to profit from their name, image and likeness before the Virginia legislature passed a law last week outlining the process in the commonwealth. Indeed most of the provisions in Senate […]

U.S. House condemns bomb threats made against HBCUs

BY: - March 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning the weeks-long chain of bomb threats made to historically Black colleges and universities. The resolution, sponsored by North Carolina Democratic Rep. Alma Adams, is in response to the more than 30 bomb threats made at dozens of HBCUs, with an uptick throughout Black History Month in […]

With Dem support, Senate panel advances bill targeting admission changes at governor’s schools

BY: - March 3, 2022

Sen. Louise Lucas, president pro tempore of the Virginia Senate, has described her chamber as a “brick wall” against some of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s biggest educational priorities, from charter schools to a proposed ban on what he’s described as “divisive concepts.”  This new Governor wants to be like Florida, but Florida doesn’t have a Democratic […]

The Virginia House of Delegates met Thursday to discuss redistricting, but didn't get far. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 30, 2018)

Virginia lawmakers give parents a say on sexually explicit classroom materials

BY: - February 28, 2022

In a largely party-line vote, the Virginia House of Delegates approved legislation that will give parents a say as to whether their children are assigned sexually explicit materials in schools. Monday’s vote sends the bill, which narrowly passed the Senate earlier this month, to Gov. Glenn Youngkin for a signature. Youngkin listed the legislation as […]

House panel kills push to let localities fund their own school construction costs through sales tax

BY: - February 25, 2022

A Republican-led House panel voted Friday to kill legislation that would have allowed localities to raise local sales taxes in order to fund school construction costs. The party-line vote came as a blow to many cities and counties across Virginia, as well as a growing — and bipartisan — contingent of legislators focused on school […]

Youngkin administration ends equity initiatives at the Virginia Department of Education

BY: - February 25, 2022

In a push to end “divisive concepts” in Virginia education, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration is ending virtually all equity initiatives launched by the state’s Department of Education prior to the governor’s inauguration last month. The policy changes, announced in an interim report from the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow, hew closely to directives […]

House and Senate lay out dueling visions for education funding in Virginia

BY: - February 24, 2022

Budget squabbles between the House and Senate are a normal part of business in the Virginia legislature. But debate broke out quickly this year after both chambers released their spending plans for K-12 education, which lay out competing visions on school construction, teacher pay and new “innovation” schools championed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Virginia Democrats […]

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Governor’s schools bill is bad policy and in bad faith

BY: - February 22, 2022

By Akshay Deverakonda and Carrie Kahwajy A new bill seeks to deprive local school boards of the tools needed to achieve diversity at governor’s schools throughout the commonwealth. This regressive bill, which has passed Virginia’s House of Delegates and is now in the Senate, must be defeated. The bill defines “proxy discrimination” broadly when it […]