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US President Joe Biden announces student loan relief with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona (R) on August 24, 2022 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. - Biden announced that most US university graduates still trying to pay off student loans will get $10,000 of relief to address a decades-old headache of massive educational debt across the country. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Biden Administration Makes It Easier to Discharge Student Loan Debt Through Bankruptcy

Prior to this move, student loan debt—unlike credit card bills, medical bills, and most other forms of debt—was not eligible to be automatically wiped away when a person filed for bankruptcy.

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Board of Education Member Raises Whitewashing Concerns: Virginia History Standards on Hold (Again)

Discussing the documents and their discrepancies, Board President Daniel Gecker pointed out that while the August document had approximately two years of work behind it, the November document on the table awaiting Board approval to move on to the next step had only been in front of the members for a matter of days. 

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Virginia History Standards Revised: They’re Teaching WHAT?!

The previous version of proposed standard changes while Gov. Ralph Northam was in office received a comprehensive review by experts including educators, historians, professors, museums, organizations, parents, teachers, and VDOE staff. The current version proposed under Youngkin’s governorship did not undergo the same checks and balances. 

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 25: Student loan borrowers stage a rally in front of The White House to celebrate President Biden cancelling student debt and to begin the fight to cancel any remaining debt on August 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for We the 45m)
Here’s Where the Biden Administration’s Student Loan Relief Plan Stands

In the past week, two separate courts controlled by conservative judges have ruled against the Biden administration’s plan to cancel tens of thousands of dollars in federal student loan debt for millions of borrowers, putting that relief in jeopardy. 

Contributed Photo: Albert Harris Elementary School students in their pollinator garden
Martinsville Students Learn Outside of the Box —and the Classroom!

Elementary school students in Martinsville created a pollinator garden and a vegetable garden, while learning SOL concepts.

FILE - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks prior to signing a bill that bans mask mandates in public schools in Virginia on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Richmond, Va. Virginians have used a tip line Youngkin set up to submit concerns about curriculum, remote learning, controversial books, mask policies, teachers and other topics, according to a sampling of emails provided to news outlets as part of a settlement agreement. While some positive feedback was included in the batch, the majority expressed anger or frustration with teachers, administrators and school policies.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Virginia Education Tip Line Sees Concerns From Parents

Virginians have used an education tip line Gov. Glenn Youngkin set up to submit concerns about curriculum, remote learning, books, mask policies, teachers and other topics, according to a sampling of emails provided to news outlets as part of a settlement agreement.

‘He Freaked Out About Going Back To School’: Chatham Mom Explores Homeschool Education

For the vast majority of American children, public school seems to be a well-explored avenue. However, public school education isn’t the right fit for all students.