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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 right of your desk. The ability to pay attention, however, was the least of George Washington Middle School students’ concerns after the bouts...

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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 Holiday Inn Express hotel on Plantation Road near its intersection with Prices Fork Road for the 2019-20 school year, according to a report in The Roanoke...

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Danville Public Schools buy food truck to feed students over the summer

The Danville Public School district is stepping up to make sure its students get lunch during the summer, even though schools aren’t in session. WDBJ reports that the district paid $42,000 for a food truck that serves free lunch to kids under 18 while school is out of session. Lunch is available every Monday through...

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You could get $24,000 to pay off student loans by moving to rural Virginia

The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has officially approved a program to help pay off recent college graduates’ student loan debt if they move to one of 40 localities in Southside and southwest Virginia and fill in-demand jobs. The Roanoke Times reports that the Talent Attraction Program will give $24,000 over two years to each...

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Richmond School Board approves policies to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination

The Richmond School Board has passed new policies aimed at protecting LGBTQ students from discrimination, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The new Student Code of Responsible Ethics says that students “must not be kept out of activities because of gender (except as allowed under Title IX), color, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or...

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Virginia public colleges freeze their tuition for the first time in almost 20 years

Virginia has seen a 79% increase in the average cost of public college tuition in the past ten years, but this year, in-state tuition at every state school will remain the same. The freezes are the result of increased state funding from the General Assembly and mark the first time in nearly 20 years that...

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Virginia students endure “inhumane conditions” in buildings that are “borderline criminal"

Virginia’s public schools are crumbling and in massive need of renovation and repair, according to a new Washington Post report. From mice-infested classrooms to schools with faulty heating and leaky roofs, the Post story features one horror story after another about the state of disrepair plaguing Virginia’s public schools. The issues don’t just plague one...