Education

Richmond officers help children with back-to-school shopping

  ‘Game-changer’ Cristo Rey school opens in Richmond

2019-20 school year features staggered starts in Chesterfield

  VCU freshmen move-in for 2019-2020 school year

  Free Store for VCU students, faculty to open in August

  James River High helps students end summer break on a high note

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  Lawsuit challenges Hanover schools named after Confederate leaders

Mother slams Virginia Tech freshman orientation in op-ed

VCU move-in creates travel restrictions, road closures

  ‘Ultimate Backpack’ program collects 14,063 backpacks in 5 hours

Test scores fall at Richmond school after cheating probe

  Construction to begin on Holladay Elementary expansion this fall

Henrico schools announces public meetings to discuss redistricting

Several opportunities in Septemebr for parents and the public to give their input on Henrico Schools redistricting plan.

  Windows shot out of 2 Chesterfield school buses

The suspects were seen on surveillance video driving a green four-door sedan.

Town hall to help community ‘think creatively’ on how to end gun violence postponed

The event is from 6-7 p.m. at MLK Middle School at 1000 Mosby St.

  RPS seeks to rezone district to alleviate overcrowding, diversify district

RPS officials say two of the main goals of the rezoning is to alleviate overcrowding and diversify the district.

  Researchers discover part of University of Richmond built over slave burial grounds

School bus involved in crash; no students on board

Henrico, Chesterfield schools holding job fair Aug. 15

  Ways to save on back-to-school shopping

Colonial Williamsburg offers fall savings for homeschooling families

PHOTOS: First days of school in Central Virginia

Northam seeks input on improving child care, early education

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's administration is seeking public input on how to improve early education and child care options in the state.

  'Not places of violence’: Community takes on vandalism, violence near MLK Middle

The NAACP hosted a town hall to address safety concerns in Richmond Wednesday night.

  New safety measures in place ahead of new school year in Goochland

Students will see phones in every classroom, there will be enforcement of motorists passing school buses stopped with red lights flashing and there's help from a new Licensed Mental Health counselor.

  RPS board member proposes plan to give parents choice on where to enroll students

Parents and students would list their choice schools, and have it selected by a lottery.

University of Virginia to offer aid to undocumented students

The University of Virginia has extended financial aid eligibility to undergraduate students who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

School drive collects supplies for Hanover students

The drive is being held July 8 - August 5 at locations around Hanover County.

  Box Tops program goes digital

If you still like to cut out the traditional Box Tops clips, the program will continue to honor those clips until they hit their expiration dates.

  ‘What motivates you?’: Valedictorian inspires others, holds on to mother’s legacy

As he reflects on his accomplishments, and what is still to come, Brown posed a single question to his peers on graduation day: “What motivates you?”

Virginia schools work to prevent financial aid fraud

Among the largest programs is the Pell Grant, a Federal award available for students who demonstrate financial need.

United Way hosts Literacy Kit Kickoff in support of young learners

Each Literacy Kit includes school supplies, an age-appropriate book, information for parents and supplies for students.

William & Mary gets $1M grant to research links to slavery

The College of William & Mary has received a $1 million grant to help fund research into the legacy of slavery and racism at the school in Virginia as well as at the estate U.S. President James Monroe

Former Carver Elementary teachers sue RPS superintendent, board

Three former George W. Carver Elementary School teachers accused in the SOL cheating scandal are suing the Richmond Public Schools superintendent and school board.

Hanover schools holding job fair for substitute positions

The job fair is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Atlee Public Library at 9161 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville.

Box Tops for Education Program is going digital

The Box Tops for Education program is going digital with a new mobile app which will allow parents to scan their store receipt and earn money for their kiddo’s school!

Virginia Tech to pay Holiday Inn to house students

Virginia Tech plans to pay $3.7 million to a nearby Holiday Inn to house students during the coming school year because of higher-than-expected enrollment.

Students head back to school at two Chesterfield schools

Students at Bellwood and Falling Creek elementary schools are on a year-round schedule, with the first day of classes starting in the middle of summer.

Chesterfield schools looking to hire instructional assistants, bus drivers

The job fair will be held July 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the North Courthouse Road Library, located at 325 Courthouse Road in Richmond.

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

The program puts community college students through general education classes that will be accepted at almost every public university or college.

  26 RPS students shot last year; district ups counseling budget

Jaquez Moses, 11, is one of a staggering number of children who suffer from the trauma of gun violence in Richmond.

Volunteers needed to help paint elementary school

Individuals or groups can sign up to help paint the school between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 9.

  Parent, former teacher files federal complaint after RPS loses track of 800 students who don’t speak English

Richmond Public School teachers of students who don’t’ speak English as their primary language lined up in front of the school board Monday night to express frustration over a major lack of resources.

  RPS making changes after losing track of 800 students who don’t speak English

A recent review found the Richmond Public Schools central office was unaware of 800 students who spoke little to no English and needed extra support.

RPS scaling back drug testing requirements for staff

Next year, teachers at Richmond Public Schools will no longer have to pass a drug test before stepping foot in the classroom.

  Richmond teachers collect supplies for migrant children at the U.S. border

As controversy continues over what’s been described as overcrowding and poor conditions at the southern border, a group of Richmond teachers says they’re inspired to step in.

RPS, YMCA launches summer learning program

It's aimed at keeping children's minds active during the summer

VCU campus-wide tobacco ban approved

Under the policy, all tobacco products are banned at the university in an effort to reduce tobacco use, tobacco-related fire hazards and litter and promote a safe and healthy campus environment.

  Tips for helping your kids avoid the summer slide

You might be able to incorporate a few lessons into your activities, to keep the kids on track for school in the fall and avoid that summer slide.

Virginia official ousted, voted to remove Confederate names

A Virginia county school board member who voted to change two school names honoring Confederate leaders has lost her seat on the board.

Target offering teachers discounts on school supplies

Teachers can get a 15% discount on school supplies at Target.

  Henrico leaders approve new high schools

In addition to new J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs high schools, field houses, concession stands, playing fields and parking areas will be built.

Henrico school system seeks committee members to help redraw attendance zones

The school division is beginning a comprehensive redistricting process to realign attendance zones for elementary, middle and high schools, with a goal of having new boundaries in place for the 2021-22 school year.

  Chemistry teacher for 3 decades finds special ways to connect with students

Christy Thomas, has engaging lab projects and, her students say, she loves a good explosion.

State approves new teacher education programs to fight shortage

The College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Virginia State, George Mason, James Madison, Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth universities are projected to produce 400 more teachers through 26 new bachelor degree programs.

Water outage cancels classes at VCU Temple, Trani Life Sciences buildings

Crews are working to restore water.

Solar panels to be installed at 10 Richmond schools

The solar panels are expected to generate the equivalent of the power needs for 296 homes and reduce RPS carbon emissions by more than 2,700 tons.

Former Harrisonburg teacher goes viral after Facebook post

Jessica Gentry, a former kindergarten teacher at Stone Spring Elementary in Harrisonburg, said she’s always had a passion for teaching, but the current education system made her go knocking at the door of a different career.

Chesterfield libraries team up with museums to offer free admission

The CCLP Museum Pass Bags include reading material, DVDs, CD’s and other items to enhance participants' museum visits.

  'So awesome’: Paralyzed Va. teen walks across stage at high school graduation

Ryan Estrada suffered a broken neck and a severe spinal cord injury in a crash in 2017.

Grant money to add more school resource officers in Virginia

More than 50 localities in Virginia have been awarded more than $3.47 million in grants to pay for new school resource and security officers

Henrico County school crossing guard retires after nearly 50 years

Virginia Haden has served as a crossing guard at Ruby F. Carver Elementary School since 1985.

RPS announces 13 new principals for 2019-20 school year

RPS uses a seven-step hiring process for principals including panel interviews with teachers, staff and community members and formal interviews with superintendent Jason Kamras.

  Richmond Public Schools implements gender neutral graduation robes

"I want RPS to be a school system where every child feels welcome and loved.”

  Petersburg hires North Carolina deputy superintendent to lead school district

NBC 12 was the first news outlet to report the name of Petersburg’s new school Superintendent, Dr. Maria Pitri-Martin.

VCU water outage resolved following multiple repairs

Water was turned off yesterday morning, causing the school to cancel class and lab activities in five buildings.

Summer food service for student locations announced

Food service will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

  Harry Potter-inspired point system keeps students engaged all year

When you hear pep rally, the first thing that comes to mind is school spirit and bands, but Greenwood Elementary in Richmond, decided to switch it up and do a Harry Potter themed rally.

Chesterfield Schools to hold job fair

Jobs for teachers, assistants, food service workers, bus drivers and clerical support are available.

  School system creating new bus routes, asking families to complete survey

The Chesterfield County Public Schools will be using a new automated system to create bus routes.

  5-year old receives custom go-cart from Louisa County Public Schools

A Louisa community came together to gift a child with special needs a new spin on life.

School bus driver charged in four-vehicle crash that injured 3

A Prince George County school bus driver is charged in a four-vehicle crash that injured three people in Chesterfield.

Virginia Tech announces new northern Virginia location for Innovation Campus

For Senator Mark Warner, and other backers of Virginia Tech’s Innovation campus, the news of a new location is a big deal.

  9-year-old attacked 3 times by fellow student: ‘I don’t want to see him ever again’

A Hanover family is opening up about bullying that's impacting their 9-year-old at school, in hopes of shining a light on what many students are facing every day.

Ex-Liberty professor convicted of child sex solicitation

A former Liberty University professor has been convicted of trying to have sex with a minor.

  Pride display at Powhatan school sparks debate

The Multicultural Student Association put up the flags Monday only to have them removed Tuesday afternoon.

$8M autism center breaks ground in Henrico

The facility will serve 96 people at a time from age 5 to 22.

VCU, GRTC team up to provide transportation to students, employees

Virginia Commonwealth University and GRTC have signed a three-year agreement to fund transportation access on the Pulse Bus Rapid Transit for all VCU, VCU Health System and Virginia Premier students and employees.

  ‘We need to be united’: Schools wear blue in honor of Va. Beach shooting victims

The call to wear blue came from Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence.

68 graduate from Tyler CC before completing high school

Seventeen of the students make up the first class from the Early College Academy in Hopewell earning an associate’s of science degree.