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Richmond leaders, organizations helping to provide free meals for RPS students on Monday

Richmond leaders and organizations are working to make sure none of the city’s students go hungry on Monday while schools are closed for the “Fund Our Future” rally at the Capitol.

  Richmond Public School teachers could get a pay increase as superintendent unveils FY’21 budget

Richmond Public Schools’ Open Enrollment application available

Congressman McEachin visiting elementary school in Hopewell

  Chesterfield superintendent asking for $99.9 million budget increase

Solar panel inspection will allow Waynesboro Public Schools to use clean energy

Richmond elementary school closed due to lack of water and heat

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Governor Ralph Northam’s $95 million preschool funding proposal could have multiple effects on Virginians

Chesterfield School Board wants opinions on upcoming 2020-2021 calendar

  Funeral, viewing arrangements announced for beloved Varina High School custodian

  Dominion Energy moves forward with electric school buses

  New exhibit at the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia explores the lives of the enslaved community at Monticello

Moody Middle School seventh-grader wins Henrico spelling bee

  Virginia Union University stops controversial event from taking place on campus

Leaders at Virginia Union University are setting the record straight after a flyer started circulating showing an event honoring President Trump and Jared Kushner on campus. The flyer said it was honoring ‘Urban Impact Leaders’ on the Campus on Martin Luther King Day.

  Miss America Camille Schrier returns to Richmond as part of nationwide tour

Miss America Camille Schrier returned to Richmond Tuesday evening, visiting a group of girls at Mad Science of Central Virginia, and showing them how science and royalty can truly go hand in hand.

VUU cancels event that planned to honor President Trump on MLK Day

Virginia Union University (VUU) has canceled an event that planned to honor President Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

T-Mobile provides $26K, 400 hotspots for Staunton students

In Staunton, students without internet at home are getting free hotspots for the year. Thanks to T-Mobile, students will soon be able to rent an internet hotspot for free from their school libraries.

Va. school board will not ban Confederate flag in dress code

  ‘He truly was the Varina legend’: Students, staff honor longtime employee, alum who died

RPS launches program for growing Spanish-speaking community

Virginia college students turning to sugar daddies to avoid college debt

Police identify student who wrote message on restroom wall at Chesterfield middle school

UVA School of Medicine seeing its highest number of female students

Rural school districts face tough discussions on consolidation

Alleghany County Sheriff Dale Muterspaugh went on a crusade in 2004, pledging his department’s resources to find the primary victim of a massive vandalism case at the high school.

  Students, teachers fight for more school funding as the General Assembly begins

People who passed under the Bryan Park Interchange at I-95 Wednesday noticed a serious message taking over the bridge. Education advocates lit up signs to encourage lawmakers to pour out more money for Virginia schools. It comes as some Richmond students say their schools could surely use it.

Construction plans approved for new Chesterfield elementary school

Chesterfield school and county leaders approved construction plans for a new elementary school Tuesday.

Record number of students get bachelor’s degrees in Virginia

A record number of students received bachelor's degrees in Virginia last year.

VCU poll: Virginians think gun laws should be stricter; are willing to pay more for education

The poll found that the majority of Virginians support stricter gun laws, including background checks, limiting gun ownership for those with mental illness and red flag laws.

Henrico redistricting committees to meet three times

The meetings are broken down in elementary, secondary - which combines middle and high schools - and a combined meeting.

  Teachers, advocates rally for more education funding in proposed state budget

Teachers and advocates are rallying across the state at four regional public hearings for the 2020 Virginia state budget, calling for more funding to go to education.

  Virginia teachers call Governor’s $1.2 billion for education ‘woefully short’

Opponents say it's not nearly enough to put teacher pay on track with the national average, calling it “woefully short” for educators and students.

Principal: Slavery lesson involving black students was wrong

The roles included that of an enslaved person and a person of color drinking from a segregated water fountain.

Governor proposes $101M for new center at Radford University

The governor of Virginia has allocated almost $101 million toward new building construction at Radford University.

Va Lottery launches ‘Thank A Teacher Art Contest’ for the third year

The Virginia Lottery is excited to launch its “Thank A Teacher Art Contest” for the third year on Jan. 2, 2020.

VUU awards 115 scholarships to students on Christmas

The names of the winners were announced on social media.

Virginia Union University announces new tuition rates

VUU announces new tuition rates that will begin in the Fall 2020 semester. All enrolled students will be eligible.

Preschool students donate more than 75 gifts to kids in need

Over the past month, the students were to collect the gifts to be donated.

‘They didn’t believe in Santa’: Woman organizes toy drive for Richmond elementary school

In total, they raised enough money to give three presents to each of the 350 students at the school.

2 resource officers, faculty hurt in ‘altercations’ involving students at Henrico school

In a letter sent home to parents, the two altercations involved groups of four or five students.

Va. congressman donates 200 books to Highland Springs HS

Congressman Donald McEachin donated new books from the Library of Congress to the school library

Virginia Union University acquires Budget Inn Property

History is being made at Virginia Union University after the school purchased the property formerly owned by The Budget Inn.

  RPS makes no changes to Northside schools

Many Richmond Public School students will be attending different schools due to RPS rezoning on the Northside.

University of Richmond geography professors awarded $700,000 grant from NASA

Geography professors at the University of Richmond have been awarded $700k from NASA for a three-year project to study ecosystem changes in the Amazon Rainforest.

Northam proposes increased funding for at-risk schools

Northam on Monday highlighted portions of his forthcoming two-year budget proposal.

  Henrico Schools adopt new calendar to observe more religious holidays

One version has a shorter winter break, but six student holidays during the year; another version has two weeks of winter break with four student holidays.

Henrico Schools early release days will now be full days

Dec. 17-20 were designated for midterm exams at Henrico’s nine high schools, with students being dismissed after they take exams

Chesterfield Schools implement new emergency response app

Chesterfield County Public Schools has implemented a new emergency response app for all of its schools.

Northam proposes boost to early education funding

The governor is expected to share full details of his budget plan next week.

  ‘They had students’ coats and backpacks in plastic bags’: Multiple cases of bed bugs confirmed at RPS elementary school

School administrators say they are working with Orkin Pest Control Services to treat the school immediately, as well as in the upcoming weeks.

‘Dear Council, No Navy Hill is on our list’: Billboards opposed to proposed Navy Hill project light up in Richmond

A Facebook group opposed to the proposed Navy Hill project has funded two electric billboards that went live Monday. The signs are located along I-95 and on the 5900 block of Broad Street in Richmond.The billboard rotates several messages in opposition to the project.

Henrico students selling holiday plants for school fundraiser

Students in the Horticulture programs at the Academy at Virginia Randolph and ACE Center at Hermitage will sell holiday plants in December.

On this day in 1941: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor

On Dec. 7, 1941, a surprise attack against the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii killed more than 2,300 Americans.

RPS elementary teacher, minister arrested on federal child porn charges

A Richmond Public Schools employee has been arrested on federal child pornography charges.

  Youth football team needs money for championship trip

This year’s tournament is in Plant City, Florida on December 7-13

Hanover County Public Schools seeks input on 2020-21 calendar

Comments or questions can be submitted by email by Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Solar panel project at 10 Richmond schools near completion

A solar panel project at 10 Richmond schools is getting closer to being completed.

  Hermitage football coach reinstated after being sentenced to 2 months in jail

Chesterfield police said Bedwell, used school purchase orders at L.C. Bird to buy approximately $5,000 of equipment that he took with him when his employment ended.

New report on Virginia schools says achievement gaps persist

A new report by the Virginia State Board of Education says there remains a persistent achievement gap for certain student groups and the state faces a growing shortage of high-quality teachers

Virginia college marching band to perform in Rome parade

A college marching band from Virginia is one of two representing the U.S. in a parade that will end in St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the pope’s New Year’s blessing

Richmond school donations to receive a 50% match on Giving Tuesday

On giving Tuesday, all donations to support RPS campaigns on DonorsChoose will receive a 50% match!

Hanover County Schools surprised with $10,000 donation from Dollar General

Teachers and students of the Hanover County Public Schools were surprised with a $10,000 donation recently.

Chesterfield County elementary school to close early due to strong odor

Buses are being routed back to Wells Elementary for an 11:15 a.m. dismissal. Lunch will be offered to all students.

UVA and William & Mary hope to be carbon neutral by 2030

The University of Virginia and William & Mary are the latest schools to announce plans to become carbon neutral

  RPS decides on re-zoning plan for 2020-21

Richmond Public Schools Board voted to move forward with one of the rezoning plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

  1 juvenile charged after false report of shooting

Students at Brookland Middle School in Henrico went on lockdown for a reported shooting Monday afternoon.

Sheriff’s office investigating social media threat at a Stafford high school

There is a visible law enforcement presence at a Stafford County high school following a social media threat.

  Hanover County School Board to discuss possible resolutions to NAACP lawsuit

The Hanover County School Board will take up the hot topic issue of changing the name of two schools that are named after Confederate leaders.

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

Lawmakers realized reaching a uniform average likely can’t be a one-size-fits-all approach.

2 Central Va. schools win ‘Virginia is for Learners’ video contest

Out of 31 submissions, three winners were selected, with two of the winners being Goochland High School and Hanover County High School.

Photo showing BB gun at Henrico school sparks social media scare

Henrico County Public School officials say there is no threat after a social media post circulated showing a student holstering a “suspicious item.”

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.

  RPS parents sound off on final four rezoning plans

After half a year of community debate, four rezoning options are now under final consideration by the Richmond School Board- plans W, X, Y and Z. Plan X calls for the most integration, shuffling students at majority white and majority black schools, to be combined together.

University of Mary Washington cancels classes due to gun threat

UMW Police are investigating and setting up extra patrols.

Virginia Tech to establish biomedical research center

Virginia Tech and Children’s National Hospital have announced a plan to establish a 12,000-square-foot biomedical research facility focused on pediatric health

Richmond Schools launches new crossing guard program to keep students safe

Richmond Public Schools, in partnership with Richmond City Safe Routes to Schools, has launched a new crossing guard program aimed at making students and parents feel safe when they come and go from school.

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

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia allocates aid money from the state to each public college and university, which is then responsible for awarding it to students.

  Parents, students protest Henrico redistricting process

Parents say their children will be sent to different high schools even though they live within a mile of Godwin High School.

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

A student's refusal to take the test will be considered a positive result.

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

For years in Franklin County, high school students who had unpaid lunch debt were denied a meal.

Henrico County Public Schools hosting job fair

Full-time and part-time positions are being offered at the job fair.

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

Preschoolers and Kindergartners invited family members who served in the military to pay a visit.