A look at education issues around Virginia.

Open Mic: The Graduate

May 24, 2016
Holly Marcus, Special to the Staunton News Leader

It’s graduation season, and millions of young people are collecting diplomas – but they’re not alone.  More and more older Americans are wrapping up a college degree – among them Charlottesville – area author Faith Andrews Bedford.

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This fall, for the first time, more students of color walked into public schools for first grade than white students. But even as this country gets more diverse, many school systems still remain segregated.

Many Virginia Schools Start Before Recommended Time

May 5, 2016

Virginia's fifth largest school district is considering a big change -- pushing up its start time for high schools by more than 2 hours, from 7:20 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Richmond Middle School Confronts Past, Changes Name

Mar 17, 2016

A middle school outside Richmond is seeking suggestions for a new name. The change comes after almost a year long fight to get rid of the old one. The school is Byrd Middle in Henrico County. 

Jordan Chapman first learned who Harry Byrd was from her high school history teacher.

“When we were talking about segregation and the civil rights movement, he said ‘Hey, did you know there’s a school right down the street that’s named after a segregationist.',” said Chapman. 

Virginia’s primary election, coming up on Tuesday, is many things, but one thing it is not, is a snooze.  Many young voters say they’re excited about the race. They hear candidates staking out clear positions on issues that affect them. Robbie Harris talked with some who will be voting in their first presidential primary.

OK, this is a group of very tuned in college students. And our conversation is far from a scientifically balanced survey.