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Column School was painful. So what did he do? He decided to fix things.
May 10, 7:43 AM: Arlington County has one of the best-run school systems in the country. It proved that again by eliminating, at the urging of John’s parents, the rule that kids with learning disabilities couldn’t take auto mechanics. Its >
Editorial: Bringing broadband to rural customers
Apr 2, 6:25 AM: Though the disparity in telecommunications services between sparsely and densely populated areas has existed for a century or more, the gap in access to modern broadband may have the most lasting impact on the future >
Albemarle's charter schools seeing growing interest from prospective students
Mar 18, 6:58 AM: As demand increases, acceptance to the schools will continue to be determined by a random lottery. The schools’ combined capacity is 160 students; however, Ratliff said capacity could increase to 210 after a reevaluation >
Editorial: Online program good for schools
Feb 22, 7:38 AM: As enrollment in Franklin County Public Schools declines, homeschooling has been on the rise. The school district has been examining an alternative solution by adding an online program.
Sen. David Suetterlein's bill to incentivize early high school graduation killed by General Assembly panel
Feb 14, 6:25 AM: Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke County, proposed incentives for school divisions to allow students to graduate from high school earlier. His SB 1587 would have allowed students to leave high school earlier without the >
Special Report: Rural Internet Access
Feb 4, 7:45 AM: William Marshall has lived off a rural highway in Toano his entire life. Now, he's a single dad raising his 9-year-old son. Marshall's son is in fourth grade and increasingly needs internet to complete his school work. >
Opinion: Time to let families lead the way in education
Jan 31, 6:17 AM: The time is ripe for Virginians to push for true educational freedom so all families – regardless of their income or ZIP Code — can personalize their path toward success in school, in careers and in life. For our nation >
Virginia teachers are marching on the Capitol on Monday. Here's why.
Jan 28, 6:58 AM: Teachers from across the state will gather Monday in Richmond’s Monroe Park, tired of wages below the national average and with less money in their schools than 10 years ago, and march to the steps of the state Capitol. >
A private school in Richmond is changing the way parents pay for school
Dec 21, 7:35 AM: Saint Gertrude High School in the city’s Museum District is rolling out a flexible tuition model, where families pay what they can afford rather than having to apply for financial help. The all-girls school has an $18,500 >
Gov. Northam proposes $269 million in new funding for Virginia schools
Dec 12, 8:11 AM: Gov. Ralph Northam would boost K-12 spending by nearly $269 million, increasing teachers’ pay raises to 5 percent and plowing more money into school construction, per-pupil spending and programs for at-risk students under >
Making it personal: Pilot program looks to create better learning environment
Nov 26, 7:35 AM: Officials with Bedford County Public Schools said schools involved in the division’s personalized learning pilot program are “definitely on the right track” in creating a better learning experience for students. >
New private school opens in Roanoke, aims to break poverty cycle
Nov 19, 6:45 AM: The brainchild of the local nonprofit McLeod Family Foundation, the school provides full scholarships, free transportation and three hot meals per day to its 10 kindergartners. And the foundation’s trustees, John and Kathy >
Editorial: Virginia turns it attention to rural revival
Nov 16, 6:24 AM: Rural Virginia lags the more developed urban crescent in nearly every measure. Higher unemployment. Lower high school and college graduation rates. More poverty. Much more illegal drug use. Declining population, especially >
Achievement, teacher pay lag in predominantly African-American city schools
Nov 12, 7:01 AM: Teachers at Charlottesville’s elementary schools with a predominately African-American student population are paid less and students perform worse on state testing than at primarily white schools.
Bullying, school threats have more students going to school online
Nov 9, 7:50 AM: More families are turning to online school to protect their children from bullying and threats on campus, like school shootings. One Lynchburg family fears for their daughter's safety, so she goes to school online. >
More Virginia students going to school online instead of in the classroom
Nov 8, 7:00 AM: The Virginia Virtual Academy reports record enrollment this year of about 2,000 students. Students across the Commonwealth take classes online.  They have homework assignments, tests and still take SOLs at the end of the >
Keeping teachers from quitting focus of UVa summit
Oct 24, 6:30 AM: A summit last year at the University of Virginia on teacher retention resulted in legislation that allowed teachers to get certified after four years of school, instead of a five-year master’s program. >
When ‘the heartbeat’ stops: Rural schools close as opportunity and residents flee
Oct 22, 6:58 AM: School closures and consolidations are a familiar story in cash-strapped, rural corners of the country — places where schools are integral to a sense of identity and belonging. In many cases, rural schools are burdened by >
Editorial: Why not give charter schools a chance?
Oct 22, 6:16 AM: It wouldn’t be a school year in Richmond without someone wanting to start a new charter school. The proposal of the moment is from parents at the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, itself a charter elementary school >
A tale of ‘two Virginias’: Baliles believes education can rebuild local area
Oct 18, 7:15 AM: There are two Virginias, according to former Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles, and education is the key to raising them both to the same level.



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