Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system. House Bill 1400 Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of […]

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AG Herring in letter to Sec. DeVos calls for continued student protection against abusive for-profit colleges

Thursday, March 16, 2017

During his term, Attorney General Herring has secured $2.3 million in loan forgiveness for former students of Education Management Corporation and partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to help more than 5,000 qualified Corinthian Colleges students in Virginia receive notice about debt forgiveness after their schools closed. In a letter to Secretary of Education Elisabeth […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes concealed handgun bill, Tebow bill, and legalization of concealed switchblade knife

Monday, February 20, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes concealed handgun bill, Tebow bill, and legalization of concealed switchblade knife

House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens. It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on […]

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Roanoke Valley Governor’s School 2017 Student Project Forum Awards

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Roanoke Valley Governor's School 2017 Student Project Forum Awards

On Saturday, January 28th, 264 gifted and talented students from across the Roanoke Valley participated in Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology’s annual Student Project Forum. The following students received awards in their categories: ANIMAL SCIENCES A Third Place “The Effect of Coenzyme Q10 Supplement on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna” Nickolas […]

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Sen. Warner opposes Betsy DeVos for Education and Tom Price for Health and Human Services

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

After reviewing the qualifications of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education and considering input from Virginia educators and parents, Sen. Mark Warner has determined that I cannot support her nomination. Additionally, I will also be opposing the president’s nominee Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. “I have heard from thousands of you who […]

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Sen. Kaine in Roanoke talks to students at Jefferson College of Health Science

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sen. Kaine in Roanoke talks to students at Jefferson College of Health Science

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee,  toured the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Monday and met with a roomful of students. The college as part of Carilion is the Roanoke area’s largest employer employing over 12,100 workers. Students at Jefferson study to become nurses, physician […]

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The Human Factor: Optimizing Safety for Patients and Providers

Monday, January 30, 2017

Health care providers, clinicians, and other members of the health care community will descend on Richmond later this week for a two-day event focused on patient quality and safety. Roughly 400 attendees have registered for the 6th Annual Virginia Patient Safety Summit, scheduled for Feb. 2-3, 2017. Thw theme is “The Human Factor: Optimizing Safety […]

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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will oppose Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education: “I will oppose Betsy DeVos’s nomination. She failed to meet three requirements I consider essential to serving as Secretary of Education […]

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College costs are out of control says a Virginia poll – hurting the state’s economy

Monday, January 16, 2017

According to a poll released today by Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU, Virginia voters – in fact, more than 85 percent – believe improving the affordability and accessibility of Virginia’s public colleges and universities would help solve one of the state’s thorniest problems: its sluggish economy. The poll, conducted January 3-5 by two of America’s […]

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Governor McAuliffe’s legislative proposals to fill skilled workforce gap

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Governor McAuliffe's legislative proposals to fill skilled workforce gap

BLACKSBURG – Governor Terry McAuliffe and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam today announced a series of legislative proposals aimed at building the new Virginia economy by expanding education opportunities and strengthening workforce development. “We have a world-class higher education system here in the Commonwealth,” Lt. Gov. Northam said. “Today we announced legislation aimed at making sure […]

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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine to serve in key legislative role on healthcare and education issues

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine to serve in key legislative role on healthcare and education issues

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced his appointment to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) during a discussion on health care access with health care providers and advocacy groups in Richmond. “I’m excited to announce that I will be a member of the Senate HELP Committee in the […]

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Corinthian Colleges’ students can now apply for debt forgiveness

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced that more than 5,000 Virginia students formerly enrolled in schools operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc.-including Everest Institute, Everest College, Everest University, Heald College, and Wyotech-may be eligible for loan forgiveness following a finding by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) that Corinthian College and its subsidiaries published misleading […]

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