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19 Apr 2015

Teachers Resist Parental Access to Testing Data

A Loudoun County parent, Brian Davison, recently sued state officials over whether student testing data used in teacher evaluations should be released to parents.

05 Apr 2015

Relatives of 43 Missing Mexican Students Rally in Richmond

Relatives of the 43 missing students rallied in Richmond this weekend, seeking justice for their loved ones and urging the United States to cut off foreign aid to corrupt politicians and law enforcement officials in Mexico.

27 Mar 2015

Gov. McAuliffe Signs 733 Bills, Vetoes 17

With two days left to act on legislation passed by this year’s General Assembly, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that he has signed 733 bills, vetoed 17 and amended 50 others, including tightening ethics reforms.

24 Mar 2015

2015 Legislative Session a Mixed Bag for Immigrants

About 20 state legislators and representatives of advocacy groups have formed the New Americans Caucus to address the needs of undocumented residents and other immigrants.

19 Mar 2015

VCU Protesters Show Support for Beaten U.Va. Studen

Virginia Commonwealth University students marched and staged a die-in Wednesday in solidarity with Martese Johnson, a black University of Virginia student who was injured when Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents arrested him outside a pub in Charlottesville.

17 Feb 2015

Senate Passes ‘Tebow Bill’ for Home-schoolers

The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow home-schooled students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, debate and band at their local public school.

08 Feb 2015

Senate OKs Bill to Regulate Restraint, Seclusion

Restraint and seclusion of students in public schools would be more carefully regulated under a bill that has cleared the Senate and is now before the House of Delegates.

05 Feb 2015

Senate OKs Amendment to Boost Charter Schools

Virginia could see a surge in charter schools in coming years as a constitutional amendment begins the long, slow journey from the capitol floor. The Virginia senate today narrowly passed a joint resolution that would amend the Constitution of Virginia to allow the Board of Education to establish the specialty schools.

30 Jan 2015

Most Virginians Say Bullying Is Serious

Half of Virginians view bullying and harassment as a “very serious problem” at school, and another third think it is “somewhat serious,” according to a statewide poll.

28 Jan 2015

Don’t Start School Before Labor Day, Group Says

Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

15 Jan 2015

How Virginians Feel about Campus Safety

How safe are college campuses in Virginia? |Create infographics

08 Jan 2015

House Republicans Unveil Education Reforms

House Republican leaders outlined their K-12 education agenda for the 2015 General Assembly on Thursday, echoing several goals announced by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe a day earlier.

23 Jan 2014

Homeschool Sports Access Banks on Senate Shakeup

By Colin Kennedy Capital News Service RICHMOND –After nearly a decade of debate, some Virginia legislators are hopeful homeschooled students will soon be allowed to participate in public school sports. House Bill 63, which was proposed by Delegate Robert Bell, R-Charlottesville, progressed through the House of Delegates’ Elementary and Secondary Education subcommittee this past week […]

23 Jan 2014

Va. Senate Committee Says ‘No’ To Dreamers

By Chris Suarez Capital News Service RICHMOND — Virginia Senate legislation designed to give in-state tuition to undocumented childhood arrivals was defeated this past week by a Health and Education Committee vote of 6-7. Senate Bill 249, patroned by Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, and known as the Virginia DREAM Act, sparked heated rhetoric on whether […]

14 May 2013

Students Waste Money on Textbooks, Poll Says

Students at VCU and other institutions of higher education in Virginia often end up buying textbooks they never use, according to a survey by Virginia21, an advocacy group for college students and other young adults.

14 May 2013

Students Worry about College Loan Debts

Nearly 75 percent of Virginia Commonwealth University students are unsure of their student loan debt payments upon graduation, according to a survey by Virginia21, an advocacy group for college students.

13 May 2013

Home Schooling on the Rise in Virginia

The number of home-schoolers in Virginia has increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade, to more than 32,000 children. If they were a school district, it would be the ninth-largest in the state – with almost as many students as the Norfolk Public Schools.

13 May 2013

Data on Home-Schoolers in Every Locality

Here are statistics for the number of home-schoolers statewide and in each school division of Virginia.

13 May 2013

Infographics: The Scope of Home Schooling

These graphics show how home schooling has exploded in Virginia.

10 May 2013

Blacks, Hispanics Underrepresented in Gifted Programs

A report and data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that African American and Hispanic students are vastly underrepresented among students identified as gifted by the state’s public schools.

10 May 2013

Loudoun School Challenges Gifted Program Norms

Virginia’s only middle and high school for advanced students is challenging the way traditional gifted education is taught.

10 May 2013

Data and Charts on Gifted Education

Here is the data used in this news article. You can access the data as a series of Web pages or view it below.

10 May 2013

You Can Read the VDOE Report Here

Here is the report that the Virginia Department of Education completed in May 2010 about racial disparities in students identified for gifted education programs.

03 May 2013

Virginia Lottery Hits Its Own Jackpot

Lottery winners aren’t the only ones with any luck: The Virginia Lottery saw record ticket sales in the past year, as the economy continued its recovery and several big-name retailers began selling tickets.

03 May 2013

Lottery Sales Keep Rising in Virginia

Sales of Virginia Lottery tickets have risen steadily — and last year, they jumped by 9 percent.

03 May 2013

Lottery Has Produced Billions for Schools

Since 1999, the Virginia Lottery has generated more than $5 billion for public education.

03 May 2013

Top 25 Virginia Lottery Retailers

Here is a map of the 25 outlets that sold the most Virginia Lottery tickets in fiscal year 2012.

27 Apr 2013

5 Virginia Teams Soar to Rocketry Finals

Five teams of students from three Northern Virginia schools will compete for more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes in the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket competition, on May 11.

25 Apr 2013

Virginia Educators Begin Leadership Training

With a new law mandating that school administrators be evaluated every year, a national organization has started training school leaders in Virginia to improve school climate, teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.

25 Apr 2013

Program Seeks to Boost Reading in Richmond Schools

After Dallas Public Schools initiated a successful program getting about 93,000 students to read about 1 million books, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a partnership with Richmond Public Schools to encourage second-graders to read.

08 Apr 2013

New Law Cracks Down on Bullying in Schools

Beginning in July 2014, each school board in Virginia must include in its student code of conduct a prohibition against bullying, including cyberbullying. Moreover, school divisions must educate teachers and other employees about bullying and “the need to create a bully-free environment.

27 Mar 2013

VaHomeschoolers Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Interested and anxious parents and rambunctious and excited students packed the Cultural Arts Center last weekend to share a common interest: home schooling.

18 Mar 2013

Robots Compete to Come in FIRST

High school students from Chesterfield, Henrico and Prince William counties and from the cities of Franklin and Martinsville will advance to the FIRST World Robotics Championship after winning a regional competition this past weekend.

17 Mar 2013

New Law Will Help Kids Learn to Read

Virginia schools must provide extra help to students in kindergarten and first and second grades who do poorly on diagnostic reading tests, under legislation that Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law in recent weeks.

27 Feb 2013

State May Take Over Failing Schools

Gov. Bob McDonnell got what he asked for: a state-run school board to take over failing schools.

24 Feb 2013

Like Kids, Schools Will Get Letter Grades

Students will not be the only ones who may dread showing their grades to parents. Starting in 2014, each Virginia public school will get a letter grade ranging from A to F.

21 Feb 2013

Drivers, Kids Rally for ‘Love the Bus’ Month

School bus drivers and schoolchildren from across Virginia gathered at the state Capitol on Thursday for the second annual “Love the Bus” rally.

15 Feb 2013

Panel OKs State Takeover of Poor Schools

A constitutional amendment allowing the state to take over a failing school narrowly survived the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee and is now before the full Senate.

13 Feb 2013

Live-blog: ‘Tebow Bill’ Hearing

CNS reporter Paige Baxter will live-blog a Senate Education and Health Committee on a bill to allow home-schoolers to play sports and participate in other extracurricular activities in local public schools.

11 Feb 2013

Republicans Cite Success on Education Issues

House Republicans celebrated the success of their education reforms in the first half of the General Assembly session at a press conference Monday.

10 Feb 2013

‘Tebow Bill’ Passes in House, Awaits Action in Senate

Home-schooled students in Virginia could participate in public school sports under the so-called “Tebow bill” that has been passed by the House and will be considered by a Senate committee this week.

06 Feb 2013

Bills Would Boost Teach for America

Legislation that would grant a provisional teaching license to Teach for America participants is moving toward passage in the General Assembly.

06 Feb 2013

Bill Would Change Who Names School Board

he House has passed a bill to eliminate the school board selection commissions in localities such as Southampton County and to have the county supervisors appoint the school board instead.

05 Feb 2013

Superintendents Criticize School Grading Plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell is delighted but school superintendents are miffed that the House passed legislation Monday to give each public school a letter grade – A through F – based on its performance.

05 Feb 2013

Senate Passes ‘Education Fairness Act’

A bill making it easier to fire bad teachers, part of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s K-12 education reform agenda, won unanimous approval Monday from the state Senate.

04 Feb 2013

House Passes McDonnell’s School Grading Plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell praised the House after delegates on Monday passed legislation that would provide a simpler way to understand a school’s performance and the state’s accreditation system.

03 Feb 2013

House, Senate Disagree on ‘King’s Dominion Law’

The House and Senate are headed in different directions when it comes to repealing Virginia’s “King’s Dominion law,” which generally prevents public schools from opening before Labor Day.

02 Feb 2013

Jeb Bush Touts McDonnell’s School Grading Plan

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is helping promote Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to rate Virginia’s schools on an A-through-F grading scale. Bush joined McDonnell in a conference call on Friday to praise the Virginia chief executive’s K-12 education reform agenda.

31 Jan 2013

College Students Lobby for Education Funding

Nearly 100 college students gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to advocate for affordable, quality education.

30 Jan 2013

VCU Students Lobby During Rams Day on the Hill

VCU students urged state legislators Wednesday to invest in higher education during Rams Day on the Hill, an annual lobbying event at Capitol Square.