A “life changing” program at George Mason University helps first-gen students attend college

Angelica Felder’s dream of going to college were in jeopardy, and with them, so was her hope of becoming a nurse. But then she received a scholarship to George Mason University through...
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Virginia standardized test scores spur concerns over achievement gap

Virginia standardized test scores were released yesterday, and education officials were disappointed with the results. The Washington Post reports that 78% of students passed the state reading exam — about the...
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All clear? Chesterfield official says school HVAC systems that tested positive for Legionella bacteria...

A Chesterfield County official told the local school board that the 54 school cooling towers that tested positive for the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease will be cleaned and inspected before school...

Richmond area schools have significant racial disparities in school discipline, report finds

Richmond-area schools suspend black students four times more often than white students, a gap that exceeds the national average, according to a new study from the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, the local...

Black and Latino college graduates struggle with ‘unsustainable’ debt

Black and Latino college graduates often struggle with higher levels of student loan debt and borrowing terms that are more predatory when compared to their white counterparts, according to a new report...
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Report: Diversity in teachers boosts grades, lowers dropout rate. But Virginia is falling behind.

When black students learn from black teachers, good things happen — attitudes toward school improve, cutting class becomes less enticing, and grades go up, according to a report from The Commonwealth Institute,...
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Twitter users swap stories of gross conditions in Virginia schools

A Dogwood news story about mold in a Northern Virginia classroom that made students sick underwhelmed many Virginians on Twitter, who said they've seen far worse in their state's public schools. Below,...

Virginia’s schools take on 55,000 more students since recession, but with fewer staff

Counselors, custodians, and other school support staff jobs withered in Virginia after the state imposed a funding cap on those positions during the 2008 recession. But even as the economy has bounced...

Teenage students’ fight for mold-free schools underscores Virginia’s education funding woes

It must be tough to focus on the whiteboard at the front of the classroom when inauspicious splotches of green, blue and back are colonizing on the walls to the left and...

Nearly 200 Virginia Tech freshmen to live at a Holiday Inn Express

If you’re attending Virginia Tech University as a freshman in the fall, you might live at a Holiday Inn. The university has agreed “in principle” to lease out the...