A look at education issues around Virginia.

Roanoke Preschool to Receive State Funding

Sep 8, 2016
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Governor Terry McAuliffe was in Roanoke today to visit a preschool. The school is receiving money through a new grant program that's part of a state-wide focus on early childhood education.

Greenvale School is a preschool with 90 students, ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years old. Even though the school is private, students here come from all backgrounds. 

For Some, Back to School Means Back to Regular Meals

Sep 7, 2016
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For many kids across Virginia, heading back to school also means going back to having a regular meal again. On average, one in ten Virginia households don’t have consistent access to food. Public schools play a critical role in filling that gap.

Before they even enter a classroom, students at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School in Richmond are greeted by dining services staff.

Students are funneled through a quick line as staff hand out yogurt, muffins and milk. 

Swim to School: A Different Take on the Morning Commute

Sep 5, 2016
Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF

We’ve turned the corner past Labor Day, which means it's time to adjust to the fall commute. Back to school means waking up earlier, packing lunches, and catching the bus. 

But some students in Richmond said goodbye to summer last week with an entirely different type of morning commute, swimming to school in the James River. 

It’s early morning and we’re standing on the banks of the James River, the sun is still low in the sky and there’s a golden fog rising from the water.

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Students and advocacy groups in Richmond are accusing school administrators of unfairly disciplining black students, and students with disabilities. Two students and a local chapter of the NAACP filed a federal discrimination complaint against Richmond Public Schools Wednesday. 

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There’s good news today for about 400,000 students planning to attend state colleges and universities in the fall.  Tuition and fees are up 3.6% on average -- the lowest increase in 15 years.