Education


Lawyer Diane Toscano, who represents Abigail Zwerner, the Newport News teacher who was shot by a six-year-old student, reads a statement to media on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, in Newport News, Va. (Mike Caudill/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
Lawyer: Warnings boy had gun ignored before he shot teacher

Concerned staff warned administrators at a Virginia elementary school three times that a 6-year-old boy had a gun and was threatening other students in the hours before he shot and wounded a teacher, but the administration "was paralyzed by apathy" and didn't call police, remove the boy from class or lock down the school, the wounded teacher's lawyer said Wednesday.

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21 Books Banned at Madison County High School Library: Did Any of Your Favorites Make The List?

The Madison County School Board recently voted to ban nearly two dozen titles from the local high school library.

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’s New Student Loan Repayment Plan Would Help Millions of Working and Middle-Class Americans 

Under the new plan, borrowers who earn less than roughly $30,600 a year would owe $0 a month on their federal student loans, effectively pausing them. A borrower who’s in a family of four and makes less than roughly $62,400 would also see their payments paused.

Republican members of the Virginia legislature applaud Gov. Glenn Youngkin's State of the Commonwealth speech during a joint session of the General Assembly in Richmond, Va. on Wednesday Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/John C. Clark)
‘What They’re Proposing is to Defund Public Schools’: GOP Plan Would Take Money from Public Schools, Divert it to Private Schools

A special savings account proposed by Virginia Republicans could allow parents to use dollars meant for public schools to aid with private education expenses.

Education
Are Your Notifications On? Virginia Parents to Receive Communications About Sexually Explicit Classroom Content

While a notification process will now be in place statewide, the law does not require or provide for the censoring of books in Virginia’s public schools.

Report Blasts Virginia Schools’ Handling of Sex Assaults

The grand jury report accuses the Loudoun County Public Schools superintendent of lying to the public to cover up what occurred, and authorities of ignoring multiple warning signs that could have prevented an assault.

Emergency Or Not?: Virginia Board of Education Discusses Potential Major Changes

Members of Virginia Board of Education discussed the possibility of changing Virginia’s current system of school accreditation to school accountability. Beyond nomenclature changes to the Code of Virginia, the proposed adjustment could implement school grading systems, per se, as seen in some states like Florida.