EDUCATION

Virginia attorney general extends TJ investigation to all Fairfax County schools

BY: - January 9, 2023

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office has extended its civil rights investigation of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology to all high schools in Fairfax County, claiming officials allegedly withheld National Merit Scholarship honors from their students. “It’s concerning that multiple schools throughout Fairfax County withheld merit awards from students,” said Miyares in […]

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One-third of Virginia community colleges lack close public transit connections

BY: - January 9, 2023

Two-thirds of community and technical college campuses in Virginia are within a half-mile walking distance of a public transit stop.  For the remaining third, students traveling by public transit must walk more than half a mile to reach campus, with a quarter of all Virginia campuses located more than four and a half miles from […]

Republican lawmakers revive push for school choice legislation

BY: - January 5, 2023

Republican lawmakers are reviving school choice legislation as part of what they say is a push to strengthen parental rights and expand educational opportunities. On Thursday, Del. Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Beach, held a press conference after filing House Bill 1508 to create the Virginia Education Account Program, a proposal that would allow parents to set […]

COMMENTARY

Students, stand up for your rights

BY: - December 28, 2022

By Patrick Brady After the Virginia Department of Education spent over two years dancing around implementing model policies to improve accessibility for transgender youth in Virginia, Governor Glenn Youngkin reversed the increasing flow of LGBTQ+ freedoms by introducing stricter laws concerning transgender youth in public schools. Many Americans think the fight for queer rights finished […]

Civic Education Commission endorses alternate Virginia history standards

BY: - December 21, 2022

Virginia’s Commission on Civic Education joined the public pushback against draft history and social science standards for K-12 schools. On Wednesday, the commission, which includes lawmakers and appointees by the General Assembly, voted to send a letter to the Virginia Board of Education objecting to the process used to craft the standards. The letter will […]

Three education groups propose alternate Virginia history standards

BY: - December 20, 2022

Three education groups have asked the Virginia Board of Education to consider an alternative version of the history and social science standards for K-12 schools. On Tuesday morning, the Virginia Social Studies Leaders Consortium, Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and American Historical Association published their own draft standards, developed after the November draft […]

Virginia Rules Commission objects to proposed transgender policies

BY: - December 19, 2022

Virginia’s Joint Commission on Administrative Rules objected Monday on a party-line vote to the revised transgender policies authored by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration this fall. “We are obligated as legislators to protect the rights and the well-being of all of our students, including those who are transgender,” said Sen. Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, who along with […]

Virginia parents, Youngkin administration settle lawsuit over masks and students with disabilities

BY: - December 14, 2022

The commonwealth of Virginia acknowledged in a settlement with parents of 12 students with disabilities that peer masking in K-12 schools is a reasonable modification under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The settlement followed an appeal by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration of a March decision by U.S. District Court […]

Report recommends eliminating dual enrollment tuition, fees for high schools

BY: - December 14, 2022

Virginia’s legislative watchdog commission is recommending policymakers consider eliminating tuition and fees for public high school students who enroll simultaneously in community college courses. The change could improve access for economically disadvantaged students interested in the state’s Dual Enrollment Program, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission concluded in a report released Monday. Data collected […]

School divisions, facing buildings in disrepair, tap into new buckets of money

BY: - December 9, 2022

According to state data related to school construction needs, Grayson, Franklin City, Martinsville, Bristol and Petersburg are the most financially strapped localities in Virginia. The five have fiscal stress ratings of around 107. By contrast, many divisions in the more affluent Northern Virginia have scores of around 90.The state average is set at 100. A […]

COMMENTARY

Let’s not whitewash the racism from American history

BY: - December 6, 2022

By Shirley Ann Higuchi My father grew up on a farm in San Jose that my grandfather had to put in the names of his two oldest sons, because California banned migrants from owning land. The reason behind the state’s Alien Land Law was racism. It was racism that enabled my Japanese American relatives to […]

Separation of Virginia history standards and curriculum causes questions

BY: - November 30, 2022

As communities and experts review Virginia’s K-12 history and social science standards, many anxiously await its companion guide, the curriculum framework. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow last month told the Board of Education that she decided to decouple the curriculum framework from the draft history and social science standards because the combination led to […]