EDUCATION

A bill that would require local school divisions to offer in-person classes passed the Senate Tuesday with help from a handful of Democrats, who joined their Republican colleagues in approving the measure. Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, the influential chair of the chamber’s Finance Committee,...
Early data from Virginia schools suggest that more students are struggling academically as the majority of divisions continue to operate totally or partially remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a concern that educators have raised as they continue to navigate virtual instruction. According to a survey of 132 local districts...
A House committee voted Monday to approve a bill requiring new cultural competency training for Virginia educators — part of a sweeping effort to reform the commonwealth’s what critics says is outdated curriculum on African American history. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Clint Jenkins, D-Suffolk, would help codify recommendations from...
Gov. Ralph Northam’s latest message to local school systems is to start thinking about reopening — and soon. “In the short term, all of our school divisions need to be making plans for how to reopen,” he said at a news briefing on Thursday. “It’s not going to happen next...
WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced his nominee for secretary of education — Miguel Cardona, a veteran of public schools and the third Latino selected for the Cabinet. “We knew we needed an education secretary who truly understands what it's been like for educators, administrators, families, caregivers and students...
Kathryn Brown, an elementary school teacher in Waynesboro, was initially puzzled when she noticed other local schools transitioning back to online learning after Thanksgiving break. “Rockbridge County, for example, announced they were switching to a virtual model,” Brown said in an interview on Tuesday. “And they cited an email from...
Shortcomings in both the quality and oversight of special education in Virginia put the commonwealth at odds with federal law and make it difficult — if not impossible — to determine how well students with disabilities are supported by their local school systems. Those findings by the state’s Joint Legislative...
Virginia schools will have some flexibility in administering Standards of Learning tests to elementary and middle school students this spring, according to a Thursday news release from the state Department of Education. Instead of being required to take the full slate of normally state-mandated tests — designed to set minimum expectations...
Virginia places more students with disabilities outside their local public schools than 37 other states — a trend that’s dramatically increased spending on specialized private schools over the past decade. The nonresidential programs --- more commonly known as private day schools — have been a source of frustration for lawmakers...
Virginia’s school staff shortage is getting worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, and leaders with the state Department of Education urged lawmakers to keep that in mind as they prepare for their upcoming General Assembly session. “We’ve had a teacher shortage all along, but over the past few years, even before...