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Public News Service - VA: Education

Student loan debt is an increasing problem for many. Courtesy: Federal Department of Education

RICHMOND, Va. - Student loan debt in the state is high and rising and it's a real problem for some. An annual survey by the Institute for College Access & Success found that last year's Virginia grads who took out loans left school owing more than $26,000. The national figure is nearly $30,000, an

A new nonpartisan coalition says the time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system. Credit: Richard Ross for the Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - The time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a new nonpartisan coalition called RISE for Youth. The coalition wants to replace the big juvenile prisons with community-based corrections. States around the country have been changing how they treat young

Two events co-sponsored by AARP Virginia in the next month will teach seniors how to stay safe from scam artists. Photo by AARP.

ROANOKE, Va. – AARP wants to give Virginia seniors the tools and information to protect themselves from con artists. The organization is sponsoring two free "Scam Jams" in the next month – one in Roanoke on Friday, and another in Virginia Beach on Oct. 16. Ginger Thompson with AARP Virg

Children of Virginia's working poor haven't benefited enough from the economic recovery, according to the latest Kids Count survey. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children in Virginia are faring worse, and the state's ranking on key measures of caring for them has fallen, according to the latest Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT report. The annual survey found about 40,000 more Virginia children are living below the federal poverty l

PHOTO: While progress has been made nationally, Virginia saw a sight step back in the number of qualified, low-income children in summer feeding programs in the commonwealth in 2014. Photo courtesy of LetsMove.gov

RICHMOND, Va. - More low-income children across the country are being fed school-style lunches during the summertime, but that number is somewhat lower in Virginia than in previous years. According to LaTonya Reed, director of Virginia Hunger Solutions, Virginia has made progress over the last seve

GRAPHIC: Virginia teachers and parents say punitive over testing is hurting children, especially the very young ones. Graphic courtesy of Put Kids First.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia tests school children too much and starts much too early according to some teachers in the state. Rebecca Jasman, a Louisa County elementary school teacher, says the testing puts what she calls a "ridiculous amount of pressure," even on very young children. She says she's se

GRAPHIC: Virginia teachers and parents with the Put Kids First coalition are pressing for a full restoration of funding for public education. They say class sizes and other budget-related issues are hurting learning. Graphic courtesy of Put Kids First.

RICHMOND, Va. - A group of Virginia parents and teachers want restoration of funding for public education. They say big classes and other budget-related issues are hurting students. Virginia now spends 83 percent per student compared to what it spent in 2009, adjusted for inflation. Public schools

PHOTO: As lawmakers get ready to consider the public education budget, teachers and other observers say funding cuts are eroding the nationally recognized quality of some of Virginia's public education system. Photo courtesy of Drew Central Schools.

RICHMOND, Va. – As Virginia lawmakers get ready to consider funding for public education, teachers and other observers are warning that past budget cuts are already eroding nationally-recognized excellence. The Virginia General Assembly has cut public school funding by nearly one-sixth in th

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