Education

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.

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

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

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

Virginia considers deemphasizing test scores in teacher evaluations

Multiple school districts confirm scabies cases

New Standards of Quality prescribed for public schools

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

University of Richmond ranks No. 2 for best career services

VUU to officially welcome new president

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

  VSU marching band returns; social organization suspended following hazing allegations

All clear given after gas odor reported near VCU

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

  Henrico forum addresses noticing signs of trauma in children

Va. schools with the best and worst graduation rates

Power restored after outage at Henrico elementary school

Gas leak prompts evacuation at Prince George school

Virginia educators to host forum on 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.

  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.

Chesterfield kicks off program to teach parents, teens about safe driving

The program includes information about distracted driving, traffic laws and insurance.

Petersburg City Public Schools to host community safety forum

Since October is Bullying Prevention Month, cyberbullying and digital awareness will also be explored during the forum.

More Virginians are home-schooling their children

About 1.3 million students across Virginia went back to school after summer vacation. But for Alison Hatter’s three children, this didn’t require getting on a bus or even going outside. Instead, their classroom is the kitchen of the family’s home in Floyd County.

  92% of Virginia’s schools accredited for 2019-20 school year

The Virginia Department of Education says the ratings show that school systems are making progress in reducing “chronic absenteeism,” but there are declines on state reading tests

‘4 R’s for Readiness’ prepares preschool children for kindergarten

“4 R’s for Readiness” is an informative program focused on preparing preschool-age children for kindergarten.

RPS school bus involved in crash

Richmond Public Schools said 16 students were on board at the time and no injuries were reported.

Midlothian High School receives national recognition as a Blue Ribbon School

Midlothian High School has an on-time graduation rate of 99% and had test scores of 90% or higher on Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests last school year.

Board member to donate $7M to Virginia University

A University of Virginia Board of Visitors member and his wife have announced a $7 million donation to the school.

  Chesterfield County launches website on Legionella; 7 schools test positive for bacteria

The new website is meant to serve as a source for progress updates and provide access to county resources.

  RPS hits snag in construction of new elementary school

Construction of a new George Mason Elementary School in Church Hill hit a roadblock Tuesday after the city’s Commission of Architectural Review deferred approving the demolition of the historic school building on the same property.

Electric school buses coming to Virginia

Virginia will dedicate $20 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund a new initiative in an effort to speed up getting electric school buses across the state.

  ’It’s taken them months to pay us’: Richmond school bus drivers complain over late, partial paychecks

Multiple Richmond school bus drivers say they’re not getting paychecks on time. The employees say getting paid in full has also been a major struggle over the last year.

  Richmond students surprised with full-ride scholarships to Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University and Richmond Public schools surprised 10 students with full academic scholarships to Virginia Union University.

  Students displaced by Dorian arrive in Va., head to Hampton University

Nearly four dozen college students displaced from the Bahamas landed at Richmond's airport on Monday.

Nominations for outstanding Richmond area principals now being accepted

Nominations for outstanding principals in the Richmond area are now being accepted.

How Virginia’s new student loan ombudsman helps borrowers

Since January, students have been able to send concerns to Scott Kemp, the state’s first student loan ombudsman.

Virginia school district opens clothes closet for students in need

Roanoke City Public School students in need now have a place to go get some new clothes.

Henrico Schools seek public input on new draft plan

The public hearing will be held to discuss the updated 2018-25 HCPS Strategic Plan.

Dominion to fund electric school buses in Virginia

A greener commute could soon be in store for some students across Virginia.

  Education expo to help parents with private schools, college savings and more

Sunday’s event, which includes NBC12′s Sarah Bloom as a panelist, is at the Dewey Gottwald Center.

  Questions arise following confusion over RPS physical education requirement

Three weeks into the new school year, there’s confusion at Richmond Public Schools over some eighth grade students possibly not meeting the state requirement for physical education.

  Online program helps students in Louisa County spread positive messages

Louisa County Middle school is looking to put a stop to bullying with an online program called “You-Uplift”.

4 Henrico high school early-release days changed to full days

Henrico high schools students will now be going to school for the full day after four early-release days in December were changed.

Henrico Schools hosting job fair

The fair will be at Tuckahoe Area Library on Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  Liberty students share concerns, praise for Falwell following media reports

Reports accused Jerry Falwell Jr of denigrating students and staff in private e-mails, and manipulating school real estate transactions for his own personal benefit.

Virginia school forfeits football game over racial slur post

A high school in Virginia has forfeited its upcoming football game against a rival after videos emerged of students making threats and racial slurs against their opponents.

  RPS expands mentorship program for girls of color

This school year, RPS is expanding their mentorship initiative for young ladies of color to help develop their voices.

  Another Chesterfield school tests positive for legionella; parents protest board meeting

Two water cooling towers at Matoaca High School were tested and one came back with an initial positive result for legionella bacteria, which can cause Legionnaire’s disease.

  Chesterfield breaks ground on new Crestwood Elementary

The new building is part of Chesterfield’s capital improvements plan that includes the renovation or replacement of several schools.

  CDC: Chesterfield school cooling towers among worst maintained in country

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday, included several updates into the Legionella investigation in the county. The CDC told county leaders CCPS cooling towers "were some of the “poorest facilities maintained” they’ve seen across the country.”

Virginia awards $7.7M for extended-year school programs

More than $7.7 million in state grants has been awarded to support the development of year-round and extended-year instructional programs in 57 schools around Virginia.

Richmond Public Schools expands mentor program for young women, men of color

The program helps young males and females develop leadership skills and learn about social justice.

  Henrico kickstarts redistricting process

Two committees will look at redrawing attendance lines for the 2021-2022 school year.

  Legionella investigation leads to the cleaning of 49 school cooling towers

School Board chairman Rob Thompson said the bacteria has been taken care of for good.

  Henrico teacher named 2020 Central Va. Teacher of the Year

Gregory Lyndaker, a history and psychology teacher, has taught at Henrico High School since 2013.

  Petersburg’s new superintendent sets priorities to improve classroom performance

The superintendent says she will now begin classroom visits to make sure improvement becomes the new normal.

  ‘Something has to change’: Chesterfield school bus woes continue

On the second day of school in Chesterfield County, more parents are sharing their stories and frustrations with the school system’s transportation department.

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

After the morning bell rang on the first day of school at Fox Elementary in Richmond and the children had filed into their classrooms, four people remained outside the school.

  Some parents remain frustrated despite new bus tracking app for Chesterfield buses

A new school year means new bus routes and a new way to track buses in Chesterfield County.

  Teachers gifted $100 to ‘clear the list’ as school begins

For this week’s Acts of Kindness, we gave four teachers in four school districts $100 each to help them clear their list.

School board files appeal to defend its transgender policy

A Virginia school board has filed a federal appeal to defend its transgender bathroom ban

’She was ready to go’: Kids across RVA head back-to-school

It was ‘back-to-school’ day for students across Virginia.

PHOTOS: First days of school in Central Virginia

Several school systems started before Labor Day in Virginia.

  Chesterfield parents raise concerns about bus routes ahead of school year

Many Chesterfield parents are concerned with how their children will get to school, and they don’t want a repeat of problems they experienced last year.

Mom warns others about inappropriate app found on child’s phone

One Jefferson County mother was horrified by what she found on her child’s phone.