Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.
The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8% or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states.
The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.
A new state school division to manage some underperforming schools is NOT the only change to public education to be approved this year by state lawmakers.
An array of new laws to revise some programs and expand others will soon take effect.
Under one law, schools must add early reading intervention services for kindergarten, first and second grades, AND algebra readiness intervention for sixth through ninth grades. Parents will receive clear, A-through-F report cards to rate local schools under a second law—sponsored by Delegate Tag Greason.