Education


Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks during news conference announcing the Department of Education report on education Thursday May 19, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Education Report: “Where We’re Starting Is Not Where We Thought We Were”

The report sought to demonstrate specific steps to raise standards in order to close the achievement gap in K-12 education, as well as ensure that every Virginia student demonstrated college-readiness upon graduation.

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Virginia Teacher Pay Hasn’t Topped National Average In Over 50 Years

Virginia teachers made more than $6,000 less than the national average in the 2019-20 school year.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin works in the old Governor's office at the Capitol Wednesday March 2, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Republican Governor Criticizes Republican-led Budget for Early Childhood Education

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has stated he wants a "bigger investment" when it comes to getting Virginia's kids kindergarten-ready.

Education
Cultural Competency: How A Procedural Vote Turned Into A “Continuing Conversation”

Cultural competency in Virginia's classrooms could bring about changes to interactions and instruction, geared toward embracing differences.

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Reading Readiness: The Virginia Literacy Act Passes Unanimously

In a bipartisan effort, both Democrats and Republicans supported the Virginia Literacy Act, which Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed into law in April.

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Community Colleges Provide A Solid Start In Rural Virginia

According to Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS), 46% of commonwealth undergraduates are enrolled in community college and 43% of bachelor degree recipients have some community college experience. Nearly 219,000 students attended a VCCS school in the 2019-20 school year.

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Head Start Program Expands: Virginia Families Receiving SNAP Benefits Newly Eligible

Thanks to the persistence of Sen. Tim Kaine and other senators, families receiving SNAP benefits are now eligible for Head Start programs.