EDUCATION

Biden to wipe out $10,000 in student loan debt for many borrowers

BY: - August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for all other borrowers with an income of less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household. Biden also announced his administration is extending a pause […]

COMMENTARY

A hard lesson

BY: - August 22, 2022

From the Virginia Mercury: “While the number of unfilled teaching slots across Virginia can change by the day and even by the hour as districts race to fill positions ahead of the 2022-23 school year, they likely number in the thousands, according to state data. Last October, the Virginia Department of Education’s staffing and vacancy […]

Virginia’s education test results remain low compared to pre-pandemic rates

BY: - August 19, 2022

Virginia’s pass rates from the Standards of Learning tests and other assessments released on Thursday continue to remain lower than results before the pandemic. Pass rate data show that all students performed better over the past year, when students returned to in-person learning, compared to the prior year.  However, education officials said the results are […]

Virginia Board of Education delays public hearings for history standards review

BY: - August 17, 2022

The Virginia Board of Education is delaying its public hearings on the state’s new history and social science standards by a month to address concerns with timing and a number of errors and content issues Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration said were in the proposal. The board’s schedule called for the mandated public hearings to occur […]

COMMENTARY

Subpar pay, burnout, pandemic disruptions and a teacher exodus

BY: - August 15, 2022

Virginia has justifiably prided itself on its kindergarten through 12th grade public schools that have been well regarded nationally – certainly as a cut above those of most of her sister Southern states. On average, our student outcomes and college admission statistics have been, over the decades, comparable to those of the perennial elites in […]

Virginia’s teacher shortage is fueling big spending on recruitment and retention

BY: - August 9, 2022

Since mid-July, teacher shortages have dominated discussions among Virginia’s local school boards. In a meeting last week, Spotsylvania County Superintendent Kelly Guempel described the division’s staffing needs as “severe,” with 114 vacant teaching positions a week before the start of the school year. A few days earlier, Fairfax County Superintendent Michelle Reid informed parents the […]

Virginia Rep. Scott argues for Supreme Court to uphold college affirmative action policies

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott of Virginia has filed a brief along with 64 other House Democrats urging the Supreme Court to uphold the role that race plays in college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. “Narrowly tailored admissions policies that recognize race as one criterion — out […]

Virginia school district leaders ask court to uphold teacher firing in transgender student case

BY: - July 29, 2022

School board members from five Virginia localities and Richmond’s schools superintendent have signed onto an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of Virginia opposing a former teacher’s claim that he was unlawfully fired for violating his district’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies. The brief, which was submitted by LGBTQ+ advocacy group Equality Virginia and more than […]

Hanover NAACP asks county leaders to reconsider school board appointments

BY: - July 26, 2022

The Hanover NAACP is asking the county board of supervisors to reconsider the appointment of school board members who the organization says have made comments and taken actions opposed to the school division’s goals and mission. In a Monday open letter, the chapter also asked the supervisors, along with the school board, to participate in […]

State education savings plans mostly miss targeted returns, JLARC report finds

BY: - July 6, 2022

Virginia’s state-run educational savings programs have not met the majority of their investment-return benchmarks, according to a legislative audit released Monday.  The report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission assessed valuations and returns until the end of the first quarter, March 31.  The programs are used by families to save tax-advantaged money for […]

Virginia prepares to launch its first recovery high school

BY: - July 5, 2022

By the time Libbie Roberts graduated from Thomas Dale High School in Chesterfield County, she was what she described as a “full-blown addict.” It had started with opioids, liberally prescribed by a family doctor to treat her softball-related injuries. Roberts still remembers the terrifying moment when, at 13, she realized she was dependent on the […]

Youngkin appoints opponent of admissions changes at TJ to Va. Board of Education

BY: - June 30, 2022

One of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s newest appointees to the Virginia Board of Education formed a group to fight admissions changes at one of the state’s most prestigious high schools. Suparna Dutta, co-founder of the Coalition for TJ, was named to the board Thursday along with four other picks, including the executive director of the Virginia […]