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  • Work progressing on $50 million renovation of U.Va. Rotunda

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Work is progressing on the University of Virginia’s Rotunda, with workers removing the old, weathered column capitals. Capitals are the uppermost, load-bearing portion of a column. Their replacements were carved in…

  • Va. middle school students participating in NASA challenge

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students at nine Virginia middle schools are participating in a NASA program to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Virginia Department of Education says the state is one of ten…

  • Bill to cut number of school tests fails in Senate committee

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attempt to reduce the number of required standardized tests taken by Virginia schoolchildren has failed in a Virginia Senate committee. Sen. John Miller’s bill would have cut the number of…

  • Professor who lost University of Illinois job offer sues

    CHICAGO (AP) — A professor who lost a University of Illinois job offer over his profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages has sued the university’s board of trustees and key administrators to try to get that job.…

  • Lawmaker wants armed officer in every Md. school

    WASHINGTON – Maryland state lawmakers are considering a controversial bill that would place armed officers in schools statewide. The proposal comes from Republican Delegate John Cluster Jr., a retired police officer from Baltimore County. “Although…

  • Legislative Black Caucus criticizes Hogan’s budget plan

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland are criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget proposal for cuts to education and health care. Caucus members said Thursday that Hogan’s plan would set…

  • McAuliffe weighs in on year-round schools

    WASHINGTON – Across Virginia, there is growing interest in school calendars that would do away with the traditional model and have students attend classes throughout the year. Instead of an extended summer vacation, students would…

  • Patricia Godbolt White, 1 of the Norfolk 17, dies at 72

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Patricia Godbolt White, one of the first black students to enroll in Norfolk’s public schools, has died. She was 72. Metropolitan Funeral Service says White died Friday at a hospital in…

  • Frostburg State hosts satellite feed of climate session

    FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Frostburg State University is inviting the public to watch a satellite feed of a national conference on climate change. Officials of the school in western Maryland say the university is one…

  • College Freshmen’s Grades Hurt Most by Time on Facebook

    (AMES, Iowa) — One thing that new college students might hear from their parents as they head off to school is to focus on their grades and not to spend so much time on Facebook.…

  • Nominations sought for Virginia’s Super Teacher Awards

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nominations are being sought for Virginia’s 8th annual Super Teacher Awards. The Super Teacher program honors eight outstanding K-12 public school teachers in Virginia each year. Each winner will receive $2,000…

  • Local schools could see funding shrink under proposed Md. budget

    WASHINGTON – Despite a promised infusion of cash for Maryland schools, area school systems would actually lose money under Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposed state budget. Hogan introduced his $16.1 billion spending plan this week. He…

  • Maryland analysts find flaws in charter school study

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland state analysts say a study on charter schools ordered by the legislature is incomplete and lacking sufficient detail. The Maryland Department of Legislative Services issued its findings in a letter…

  • Campuses arming officers as parents, others seek assurances

    Nearly all campus police officers at public universities now carry guns, pepper spray and other weapons, according to a new Justice Department report, and experts say more private schools are looking to arm police. Overall,…

  • DC students to present reading of MLK’s ‘Dream’ speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Students from Watkins Elementary School in northeast Washington are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting a reading of his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The National…