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Meet the Native American tribe that wants to be the first Cherokee group recognized by Virginia

What’s the average teacher salary in Virginia? Depends who does the math, lawmakers find

Va. plans to get more financial aid to the students who need it most

‘The party needs to have a tough conversation’: Republicans play catch-up when it comes to diversity

Fully funding Virginia public schools will cost $1 billion more per year. Can Democrats deliver on a campaign promise to do that?

Virginia considers deemphasizing test scores in teacher evaluations

Virginia Beach will ask the General Assembly to ban conversion therapy

Lawmakers are considering a tax for vape products. Vape shops warn it could fuel a dangerous black market.

How Virginia’s new student loan ombudsman helps borrowers

Groups want a passenger train route from the ‘Blue Ridge to the beach’

Report: A million people likely won’t get state tax refund checks

Republican state senator pushes back on Richmond’s proposals to increase diversity at its whitest schools

Decades after Brown decision, Va. still grappling with school segregation

‘Farmer’ Northam says trade war has cut profits for growers

Virginia’s community colleges will offer programs with guaranteed transfer credits

Poll: Support for a Democratic majority in the General Assembly falls

State approves new teacher education programs to fight shortage

Special session on guns could test Virginia Beach delegation

State’s primary process is ‘something of a free for all’

Tuition freezes are a ‘watershed moment’ for college affordability, advocates say

‘We all want to do this faster:’ Library of Virginia needs money to speed production of governors’ records

Do minimum sentences protect victims of domestic violence?

Requirement for more school counselors not fully funded in state budget

After executive branch’s scandals, two new PACs form to fill the fundraising gap

Virginia ‘very closely’ following legal debate that could threaten interstate lottery games

How Virginia’s history textbooks are vetted

Teachers’ pay falls behind that of other college-educated workers, new study finds

More than a dozen roads are still being fixed from Tropical Storm Michael’s damage

Enrollment in Virginia’s community colleges continues to decline

Unfilled teaching positions in Virginia at a ‘crisis’ level