Education

RPS elementary teacher, minister arrested on federal child porn charges

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

Solar panel project at 10 Richmond schools near completion

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

New report on Virginia schools says achievement gaps persist

Virginia college marching band to perform in Rome parade

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

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

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Chesterfield County elementary school to close early due to strong odor

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

  RPS decides on re-zoning plan for 2020-21

  1 juvenile charged after false report of shooting

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

  Henrico Schools to observe more religious holidays

  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

  RPS parents sound off on final four rezoning plans

University of Mary Washington cancels classes due to gun threat

Virginia Tech to establish biomedical research center

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

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.

  Army veteran bus driver surprised by neighborhood kids

Mr. Mike received a book of about 50 cards from kids in the Robious Elementary neighborhood.

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

A 93-year-old veteran from Virginia is finally getting a diploma, more than 75 years after World War II interrupted his education

  Hopewell fifth graders produce daily newscasts for school community

It takes a lot to put on a television news broadcast. We know that all too well here at NBC12. However, it is a lesson now being learned by a group of fifth graders in Hopewell.

  Henrico Schools releases redistricting plan options at public meeting

The school division is redrawing elementary, middle and high school attendance zones for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.

  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

The Richmond Public Schools Board passed a resolution further protecting its teachers’ freedom of speech.

Va. college students weigh in before Election Day

According to the United States Census Bureau, the largest percentage point increase in voter turnout for any age group in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections was among 18- to 29-year-olds.

Construction underway for 2 new schools in Henrico

The construction of two new schools is officially underway in Henrico.

  13,000 solar panels installed across 10 Richmond public schools

In October crews from Commonwealth Power put the finishing touches on a solar farm on the roof of Martin Luther King Middle School in Richmond. This is just one of 10 schools across the city that are benefiting from a grant from the RVA Solar fund.

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

A Chesterfield preschool was placed on lockdown Thursday after a man was spotted on the property.

  Virginia to expand recovery programs at 8 colleges, universities

VCU has received $675,000 from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to expand substance use recovery programs at eight universities across the state.

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.