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On Election Day, Richmond To Vote On School Modernization Charter Change

Richmond students, teachers and support staff have reported water leaks and mold; the smell of gas; headaches and allergies. Teachers have shared images of rodents on social media, parents have tried crowdfunding to repair dilapidated bathrooms. While many buildings have problems, George Mason Elementary on Richmond’s East End became the “poster school” for neglected facilities. This summer, community members testified at a special school board meeting held at the school.

Virginia Schools Partner With VCU To Strengthen Education For Students With Autism

More than 19,000 young people with autism attend Virginia schools, a number that continues to grow each year. VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence is helping equip school districts with training and education to better serve children and parents. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.


When Jamie Sasser was preparing to enroll her son in elementary school, she felt anxious.

Veteran’s Survival In Vietnam Inspires Lifetime Of Healing And Hope

Virginia resident William Haneke arrived in Vietnam in 1968, the deadliest year for U.S. soldiers. The U.S. Army Captain defied death multiple times. His critical injuries would take him on a new journey, focusing on patient advocacy and helping other amputees. In our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers, Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

After The Vietnam War, Women Veterans Fight To Preserve Their History

In the years following the Vietnam War, the experiences of civilian and military nurses were featured in films, a TV series, magazine articles and books. In 1993, a bronze sculpture depicting Vietnam nurses was dedicated on the National Mall. But there’s another group of women who served and veterans want more recognition for the female soldiers in the Women’s Army Corps, Air Force, Navy and Marines.

“Grow Your Own” Program Aims to Recruit More Teachers in Virginia

Districts across Virginia face a shortage of teachers, not only in special education and STEM fields, but also in elementary education, English, foreign languages and physical education. One program, Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow, has been attempting to fill the gap by exposing high school students to careers in teaching.

Racial Justice Rally At Lee Monument in Richmond

Hundreds of people gathered in Richmond Saturday for a “Racial Justice” rally and march to oppose a Tennessee-based group, New Confederate Statues of America.

The demonstration was co-organized by the Richmond Peace Education Center. Standing in front of the Maggie Walker statue, Director Adria Scharf and other speakers emphasized the daily work needed to address racial disparities.

Richmond Groups Lead Peaceful Racial Justice Rally from Maggie Walker Statue to Monument Avenue

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning for the “Richmond Stands United For Racial Justice” rally and march. The demonstration was organized in a show of unity after the Tennessee-based group the “New Confederate States of America” announced an event in Richmond at the Monument Avenue statue of Robert E. Lee.