Education

Lunenburg County receives $50,000 in donations

Container First Services helps the Lunenburg community by including free residential and school system disposal, annual property tax payments, and various county organizations.

Richmond Schools launches new crossing guard program to keep students safe

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

  Parents, students protest Henrico redistricting process

Cincinnati-area high school announces mandatory drug tests for all students beginning in 2020

After parent outcry, Va. high school stops denying students lunch for unpaid debt

  Hanover County School Board to discuss possible resolutions to NAACP lawsuit

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Henrico County Public Schools hosting job fair

Chesterfield school honors students’ families with ‘Bring a Veteran to School’ day

  Army veteran bus driver surprised by neighborhood kids

  ‘It’s quite an honor’: 93-year-old veteran receives honorary high school diploma

  Hopewell fifth graders produce daily newscasts for school community

  Henrico Schools releases redistricting plan options at public meeting

  Middle school student can draw world map from memory

Brooks Tunstall, who is in eighth grade at Oak Knoll, can draw a fairly accurate map of the world from memory in just 15 minutes.

  Petersburg authorities unable to determine source of stinky smell at school

NBC 12 is asking questions after a strong odor has parents and even teachers complaining at a Petersburg school.

Hopewell assistant principal receives $25,000 educator award

Hopewell assistant principal, Ryan Sykes, has been awarded the $25,000 Milken Educator Award.

$500 scholarships available for female students in Central Virginia

Seven scholarships are being offered to eligible high school seniors, college, trade and graduate school students

Richmond school board passes resolution further protecting teachers’ freedom of speech

Va. college students weigh in before Election Day

Construction underway for 2 new schools in Henrico

  13,000 solar panels installed across 10 Richmond public schools

Chesterfield preschool placed on lockdown after man dressed as clown spotted on property

  Virginia to expand recovery programs at 8 colleges, universities

Petersburg preschool to reopen after ‘strong odor’ detected in building

A Petersburg preschool was closed on Thursday due to a “strong odor” affecting parts of the building.

State sees 12% increase in homeschooling over last 5 years

The number of home-schooled students in Virginia is rising

Radford University issues alert for shooter near campus

The Radford City Police asks that anyone with information on this incident to contact them at 540-731-3624.

VCU women’s basketball team named A-10 preseason favorite

Results of the poll, conducted by the league’s coaches, were announced by the league on Tuesday.

Social media posts show Central Va. students donning Confederate flags, using racist language

A spokesperson for the school system said they cannot comment on specific situations involving students because of federal and state privacy laws.

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

In some competitive races around the state, Democratic candidates are promising to restore funding for public schools.

  Meet the Candidates: All seats open in Chesterfield School Board race

Following Election Day in Chesterfield County, there will be a new school board. All five seats are open, and 11 candidates are running for office.

Henrico Schools propose new elementary, expanded middle school as part of redistricting process

The proposal was presented to the school board on Thursday night.

Study: Virginia’s disorderly conduct statute is disproportionately applied to black students

A new report is calling for a partial repeal of a Virginia law. The Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) says a portion of the disorderly conduct code is unfairly used to single out black students in public schools.

  Students meditate, relax through ‘Varina On Chill’ class

For 20 minutes every Tuesday and Thursday, students can sign up to take part in meditation opportunity.

  Parents given letter saying children may have been exposed to mumps at elementary school

The health department in the letter says to make sure everyone is up to date on their immunizations.

  Former Va. Gov. Doug Wilder proclaims innocence following sexual misconduct allegations

Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder publicly announced his innocence following an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

Rats learn how to drive cars at University of Richmond

Rats are learning how to drive tiny cars at University of Richmond.

Henrico schools undergo testing for Legionella bacteria

"At least 10 of our cooling towers have been cleaned and tested, and we have had no positive reports of Legionella bacteria at this time," spokesman Andy Jenks said.

Students to host comic arts festival in Virginia capital

A one-day comic arts festival for local comic creators will be held in Richmond, Virginia, next month.

  Central Va. organization helps students with college financial aid

Courtney Whorley graduated from Manchester High School in 2017, she knew she wanted to continue her education but wasn’t sure what to do next.

School board appealing decision on transgender bathroom ban

A Virginia school board is seeking to convince an appeals court that its transgender bathroom ban didn’t discriminate against former student Gavin Grimm.

Faison Center announces construction of new early education center

The Faison Center announced construction is underway on its new Markel Hall.

  Chesterfield teacher makes positive changes for students at school

A Chesterfield County school teacher is taking it upon herself to make positive changes at her school.

Va. school leaders enter agreement to resolve Federal civil rights complaint

Bedford County school leaders released details Monday of an agreement they have formed with the Federal government, following a civil rights complaint filed against the division.

Member of exonerated Central Park Five to speak at VCU

Richardson will speak at the event, “When They See Me,” at 7 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom.

Former University of Richmond president dies

E. Bruce Heilman served as president from 1971 through 1986 and then again from 1987 to 1988.

Va. lawmakers: Trump administration turned student loan program into a ‘disaster’

The Education Department is blaming Congress for a loan forgiveness program that rejects the vast majority of applicants.

Northam and Virginia Council on Women announce 9th Annual STEM Essay Contest

Scholarships will be awards to senior women pursuing a STEM career at a higher education institution.

  Parents sue Henrico Schools, employees following disturbing 2017 middle school locker room video

A mother and father are suing the county’s school district for $350,000 following a disturbing video that was taken inside the Short Pump Middle School locker room in 2017.

Virginia considers deemphasizing test scores in teacher evaluations

Since 2012, 40 percent of a teacher’s evaluation is based on student test performance, a metric that was put into place so the state would have access to certain federal funding streams.

Multiple school districts confirm scabies cases

Three school systems in Central Virginia have confirmed cases of the skin illness.

New Standards of Quality prescribed for public schools

The Virginia Board of Education has prescribed new Standards of Quality for state public schools.

  Richmond teacher fired after calling student the ‘N-Word’

A middle school teacher is no longer in front of a class after school officials confirm she used a racial slur against a student.

University of Richmond ranks No. 2 for best career services

University of Richmond ranked second in the “Best Career Services” category, right behind Clemson University.

VUU to officially welcome new president

The ceremony for Hakim Lucas gets underway at 10 a.m. at the Richmond Convention Center.

  ’I’m scared to go back to school’: 9-year-old RPS student says lunch aide dragged him by feet

Nasir Joyner, 9, says he was dragged by his feet toward the school’s office, as his pants were falling down.

  VSU marching band returns; social organization suspended following hazing allegations

The Virginia State University Trojan Explosion Marching Band has returned following a hazing investigation.

All clear given after gas odor reported near VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University has issued an all clear following the report of a gas odor.

Uptick in student absentee ballots might indicate higher turnout

More Virginia college students may hit the polls next month, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.

Fall showcase to feature all 9 Henrico high school marching bands

All nine of Henrico County’s high school marching bands are set to perform in the HCPS Band Showcase.

Police: Threat ‘to cause harm’ by high school student deemed not credible

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-066.

Hanover schools host fifth annual Education Expo

Hanover County Public Schools is hosting its fifth annual Education Expo.

Virginia school to add nursing students amid state shortage

A Virginia university is planning to add new slots to its nursing program as the state struggles with a shortage of nurses.

  Henrico forum addresses noticing signs of trauma in children

The community held a serious conversation Thursday evening that can help any parent with children at home.

Va. schools with the best and worst graduation rates

Three small rural school districts had 100% graduation rates this year, and the Brunswick County, Manassas and Richmond school systems had the state’s lowest graduation rates, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education.

Power restored after outage at Henrico elementary school

Officials say student dismissal will begin at 10:30 a.m. due to a blown transformer.

Gas leak prompts evacuation at Prince George school

The school district said students were never in danger and were allowed to return to classrooms around 1:45 p.m.

Virginia educators to host forum on trauma in schools

The Virginia Education Association will host a community forum to address the growing issue of trauma in schools.

Chesterfield School Board tables pre-Labor Day start date discussions

If the new School Board approves a change, it would not take effect until the 2021-2022 school year.

Richmond graduation rate drops 5% after transcript crackdown; still lowest in state

Leaders with Richmond Public Schools say they anticipated the decline.

Chesterfield begins construction on new Ettrick Elementary

Chesterfield County Public Schools broke ground on a new Ettrick elementary school Monday.

50 RPS students celebrate full-ride scholarships to VUU

Fifty 9th grade Richmond Public Schools students celebrated full-ride scholarships to Virginia Union University on Saturday.

  13,000 solar panels to be installed across 10 Richmond schools

The tour features energy efficient and solar-powered buildings in eight locations throughout Richmond.

  Price estimates revealed for RPS re-zoning as controversy continues over whether to do it

Parents got a first look at how much it could cost to re-structure schools across Richmond.

  Popular road permanently closed as construction begins on new school

East Beal Street between South Oak Avenue and South Airport Drive in Highland Springs is permanently closed due to construction of the new school.

Richmond elementary school evacuated after ‘unusual’ odor detected

A Richmond elementary school has been given the “all-clear” following a potential gas leak.

Chesterfield to consider instituting school holiday for primary elections

Virginia will be one a dozen states holding primary elections for the 2020 presidential election on March 3, on what is known as “Super Tuesday.”

  Randolph-Macon College to ban smoking, vaping

Effective Nov. 1, smoking and vaping in any form will be prohibited in college-owned or managed facilities and property.

  Petersburg brings on former detective to serve as liaison between police, schools

Stepping up safety in schools is one of the goals for the Petersburg school system, which is already making changes on school grounds.

FAFSA filing period now open for federal student aid

Students can apply for FAFSA financial aid for college starting Oct. 1.

Fired teacher who wouldn’t use transgender student’s pronouns sues

Peter Vlaming says his rights to speak freely and exercise his religion were violated.

  New partnership allows Chesterfield students to take SAT for free

Students will be able to take the SAT and PSAT during the school day this spring.