EDUCATION

Federal inspectors issue warning after finding animal welfare violations at Virginia Tech

BY: - September 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an official warning to Virginia Tech last week after an inspection found multiple animal welfare violations at the school’s veterinary facilities. In the most severe incident, a study “involving traumatic brain injuries” led to the death of four out of six Gottingen pigs included in the experiment. The first […]

Parents are changing their minds on in-person school. In most cases, there are no other options.

BY: - August 30, 2021

It seemed like the pandemic had finally reached a turning point when Melissa Yeager made a decision about the upcoming fall semester. Families with Richmond Public Schools had until June 1 to choose between enrolling virtually or attending classes in person. At that point in the summer, COVID-19 vaccines were widely available to adults, new […]

COMMENTARY

An elite Virginia high school overhauled admissions – how to tell if the changes are working

BY: - August 19, 2021

By Joni Lakin, University of Alabama For decades, gifted education and talent development services in public schools have been accused of creating inequities for students of color, students from low-income communities and nonnative English speakers. This year, there seems to be remarkable momentum to change some systems. Some changes defy common sense. In Virginia, the […]

Masks will be mandatory in Virginia schools under new health order

BY: - August 12, 2021

Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration announced a new new health order Thursday making masks mandatory in all public and private K-12 school buildings, effectively overruling local school districts that were planning to make face coverings optional. The new order from state Health Commissioner Norm Oliver, a Northam appointee, adds more clarity to what had been a […]

Virginia schools heading back with mishmash of local mask policies

BY: - August 12, 2021

When Gov. Ralph Northam reiterated last week that he expects Virginia school systems to follow public health guidelines and require masks indoors, he suggested state law gives them no choice. “I don’t know that it can be any simpler than that,” Northam said at a news conference. “It’s the law of the Commonwealth of Virginia. […]

COMMENTARY

Equipping the working poor with new resources for a better path forward

BY: - August 10, 2021

By Glenn DuBois, Ph.D. It’s time we’ve had a frank talk about ALICE. After all, we have come to understand more and more the critical role that ALICE plays in Virginia’s economic health and prosperity, and after years of applying that learning toward strategies designed to help ALICE overcome generational inertia, we have reached an […]

Pediatricians join call for masking in schools as conservatives chafe at governor’s ‘mandate’

BY: - August 10, 2021

With many students about to head back to classes later this month, the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says all children, regardless of vaccine status, should wear masks indoors in school. “This is based on the observation that COVID-19 infection rates are rapidly increasing across the commonwealth, the Delta variant is more […]

Northam’s $250 million HVAC investment leaves education advocates underwhelmed

BY: - July 27, 2021

Gov. Ralph Northam wants to allocate $250 million in federal relief funding for HVAC improvements in K-12 schools but education advocates and actual school system administrators want more equity in how the money is doled out and more flexibility in using it.  The investment in ventilation systems, a recurrent focus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, didn’t […]

Virginia’s new school COVID-19 guidance keeps most safety decisions in the hands of local districts

BY: - July 21, 2021

Masks, social distancing and screening should continue to play an outsized role in the upcoming school year, according to new safety guidelines released Wednesday by the Virginia Departments of Education and Health.  This year, though, state lawmakers have given local divisions much less leeway to go fully remote, citing growing mental health concerns among children […]

VMI superintendent: ‘zero tolerance’ for racism, sexism

BY: - July 14, 2021

The head of the embattled Virginia Military Institute told a state oversight body Tuesday that there will be “zero tolerance for any more acts of racism and sexism” at the public military school in Lexington. “I’ve had an opportunity through about 25 hours worth of listening sessions to form my own assessment about the climate […]

Legislators are weighing what to do with a $1 billion surplus from Virginia’s college savings program

BY: - July 7, 2021

A Virginia college savings program has accumulated more than $1 billion in surplus revenue — money that could potentially be reinvested in financial aid and other higher education initiatives. Lawmakers directed the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, a state watchdog agency, to study the possibility after reviewing a regularly scheduled audit of a now-discontinued […]

COMMENTARY

A Supreme Court ruling creates an existential crisis for the NCAA and its anachronistic idea of amateurism 

BY: - June 28, 2021

The world of bigtime college sports is about to change profoundly in ways not even experts yet comprehend because of a bombshell U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Last week’s unanimous and unambiguous decision in NCAA v. Alston eviscerates the American college football and basketball cartel’s business model of earning billions […]