EDUCATION

By Erin CooganPeople may assume that sexual advances by professors toward students are confined to the scripted drama of movies or television shows like "Legally Blonde," "You," or "Jane the Virgin."Over the past year, I found myself in the middle of a Title IX case against a longtime, tenured...
MacKenzie Scott, author and ex-wife of Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos, has elevated her profile in a humongous way. You can bet historically black colleges and universities are grateful for her attention. As well as the stroke of Scott’s pen on checks worth at least tens of millions of dollars. Scott announced...
Legislation to mandate more nurses in Virginia’s K-12 schools has been filed — and defeated — regularly in the state’s General Assembly over the last five years.But amid a global pandemic and continuing debate over reopening schools this fall, legislators on both sides of the aisle are hoping to...
Considering the scope of a virus that has killed nearly 700,000 people, wrecked national economies and brought superpowers to their knees, a fall without high school football seems barely worth a footnote in the already voluminous tragedy that is 2020.This pathogen from hell has already deprived the world of...
Virginia’s largest insurer for local school divisions had a clear message for administrators on Monday: Don’t worry about COVID-related worker’s compensation claims from school employees.“The burden of proof to determine that’s where you contracted the disease is going to be tough to do,” said Lee Brannon, the senior school...
Laura Efford, a preschool teacher in Albemarle County, is anxiously awaiting September, when her Bright Stars classroom (an early childhood education program based in some local elementary schools) is scheduled to reopen.“A lot of what we do in preschool is learning through play,” she said. “Building with blocks and...
Cheryl Poe has spent more than a decade as an advocate for students with disabilities in Virginia. She said she immediately identified with a recent report from the federal Department of Education, which found systemic problems with how the Virginia Department of Education oversees special education.But when she read...
By Beth TolleyGeorge Floyd’s murder is having a tremendous impact across the nation — and rightly so!  It is a terrible tragedy.  The fact that it occurred over a question about a fake $20 bill has struck a note with many parents and advocates who have seen the same...
On Monday, Gov. Northam sent a letter to school board leaders statewide, asking them to rename schools that still bear the names of Confederates, of which there are 14. The next day, a statue of Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart was plucked from its pedestal on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, leaving Lee as...
A new federal report finds systemic failures in how the Virginia Department of Education monitors and responds to special education complaints against local school districts.VDOE is contesting several findings in the June 23 letter, sent to Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane by the U.S. Department of Education...