A look at education issues around Virginia.

Swim to School: A Different Take on the Morning Commute

Sep 5, 2016
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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. 

Richmond’s Public Library is hosting its sixth annual “Girls of Summer” event Wednesday. It’s the kick-off for an empowering summer reading list, put together by two local authors.

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A new report shows that while Virginia is making improvements for its children in education and health, other areas such as economic well-being continue to falter.