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At a Glance: Virginia Workforce Statistics

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#1 Workforce in the U.S. (CNBC Top States for Business 2019)

2nd Highest Concentration of Technology Workers of Any State in the Country

4th Largest Veteran Workforce in the Nation

#1 State for Higher Education (Yahoo News 2019)

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Governor Northam Applauds Historic Progress As New Laws Take Effect in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam highlighted new laws that take effect today as Virginia begins a new fiscal year. The Governor worked closely with members of the General Assembly to take forward-looking and historic steps to protect vulnerable Virginians, increase equity, and position the Commonwealth for future growth and success.
Governor Northam Announces 20 New State Historical Highway Markers Highlighting Black History
In recognition of Juneteenth, Governor Ralph Northam today announced 20 newly approved state historical highway markers that address topics of national, state, and regional significance in Virginia’s African American history. The Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved the markers at its public quarterly meeting on June 18. Five of the 20 new markers were suggested by students across the Commonwealth in the Governor’s inaugural Black History Month Historical Marker Contest.
Governor Northam Announces $2.48 Million to Support New Research Commercialization in Emerging Technology Sectors
Governor Ralph Northam today announced 26 small technology-based businesses and four universities will receive incentive grants to commercialize their research in clean energy, cybersecurity, data analytics, life sciences, and unmanned systems. The new Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) grants award $2.48 million in funding and leverage more than $13 million in matching investments to drive progress in emerging technologies.
Governor Northam Provides Guidance for Reopening Higher Education Institutions
Governor Ralph Northam today issued guidance for Virginia public and private higher education institutions as they develop plans to safely reopen their campuses and resume in-person instruction. This guidance document was developed by the Office of the Secretary of Education, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Health, and was informed by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Governor is directing all of Virginia’s colleges and universities to create detailed reopening plans that demonstrate compliance with this new guidance.
Governor Northam Announces $66.8 Million in Emergency Education Relief Funding
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia schools will receive $66.8 million through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to expand distance learning opportunities, fund services for students disproportionately impacted by loss of class time, and provide financial assistance to higher education students and institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Northam Shares Guidance for Phased Reopening of PreK-12 Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a phased approach that allows Virginia schools to slowly resume in-person classes for summer school and the coming academic year. The K-12 phased reopening plan was developed by the Office of the Secretary of Education, Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education and is informed by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Governor and First Lady Northam to Host “Virginia Graduates Together” Honoring Class of 2020
Virginians across the Commonwealth are invited to join Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam in honoring the remarkable achievements of the class of 2020 during a statewide virtual celebration at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 29. The broadcast and streaming event, “Virginia Graduates Together,” is produced by Virginia Public Media (VPM) in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Department of Education, and will be distributed by public television stations throughout Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Education Work Group to Help Guide Process for Safe, Equitable Reopening of Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a diverse set of education stakeholders participating in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Education Work Group to help chart a path forward for determining how schools can safely reopen later this year.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Payment Relief for Student Loan Borrowers
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. The payment relief is the result of a new initiative by Virginia and several other states to work with the major private student loan servicers to expand on protections for federal student loan borrowers through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Governor Northam Hails General Assembly Session That Propels Virginia Forward
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement on General Assembly action during today’s reconvened session.
Governor Northam Announces $70 Million in New Funding to Expand Access to Child Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an additional $70 million in Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding through the federal CARES Act to further support the provision of child care for essential personnel.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of ‘Virtual Virginia’ to Support Distance Learning During School Closures
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a dramatic expansion of Virtual Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education’s existing online learning system, to allow every teacher in the Commonwealth to host virtual classes while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. These resources include a platform that enables all Virginia public school teachers to share lessons and activities with their students through June 30.
Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks
Governor Ralph Northam today ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency, Outlines Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Governor Northam Announces $1.3 Million in Grants to Advance Computer Science Education in Virginia Schools
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $1.3 million in state grants to support the implementation of Virginia’s Computer Science Standards of Learning. In 2016, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring that the Standards of Learning include computer science and coding. The standards, which were adopted by the state Board of Education in 2017, are the nation’s first mandatory K-12 computer science standards.
Governor Northam Celebrates Progress at Midpoint of Historic General Assembly Session
At the midpoint of the 2020 legislative session, Governor Ralph Northam marked historic progress towards a stronger, fairer, and more inclusive Virginia.
Virginia Works to Grow, Diversify STEM Educator Pipeline
Governor Ralph Northam today highlighted his proposed $1 million investment to increase pathways for students to become science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators at Virginia’s two public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through the national UTeach program.
Governor Northam’s Commission on African American History Education to Hold Listening Sessions
Governor Ralph Northam’s African American History Education Commission is seeking community input as it examines how to strengthen African American history education and the Virginia history education standards in the Commonwealth’s public schools. The Commission is launching a series of public listening sessions in February and March.
Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Honor Black History Month
Governor Ralph Northam made the following statement on Black History Month, which is celebrated nationwide during February.
Governor Northam Announces ‘Black History Month Historical Marker Contest’
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the inaugural Black History Month Historical Marker Contest.
Governor Northam Outlines Historic Justice and Equity Agenda
As the 2020 General Assembly session gets underway, Governor Ralph Northam today announced budget and legislative priorities for his historic justice and equity agenda.
Governor Northam Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address
Tonight, Governor Ralph Northam will deliver the annual State of the Commonwealth address. He will highlight the accomplishments from his second year in office and share his vision to continue building a stronger, fairer, and more equitable Virginia.
Governor and Legislative Leaders Launch Session United, Advance Common-Sense ‘Virginia 2020 Plan’
Governor Ralph S. Northam and legislative leaders today announced they will advance an 11-point ‘Virginia 2020 Plan’ of common-sense measures when the General Assembly convenes tomorrow.
Governor Northam Signs Sweeping Executive Actions to Expand Opportunities for Virginians with Disabilities
Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Order Forty-Seven and Executive Directive Six, the most comprehensive executive actions in Virginia history to ensure inclusion and opportunity for Virginians with disabilities.
Governor Ralph Northam Presents Historic 2020–2022 Budget
Governor Ralph Northam today presented his budget for Fiscal Years 2020–2022 to the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly. His proposed budget is the most progressive in Virginia’s history, and makes significant investments in key priorities while maintaining strict fiscal responsibility.
Governor Northam Proposes $1.2 Billion Investment in K-12 Education
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced his budget will include one of the largest new investments in K-12 education ever proposed in Virginia, totaling $1.2 billion.
Governor Northam Unveils Tuition-Free Community College Program for Low- and Middle-Income Students
Governor Ralph Northam today announced his proposed budget will include $145 million over the biennium to make tuition-free community college available to low- and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields. The Governor’s “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” initiative, or “G3” program, will provide financial support to cover tuition, fees, and books for eligible students at the Commonwealth’s two-year public institutions.
Governor Northam Proposes Historic Investment in Early Childhood Education
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced his proposed budget will include an historic investment in early childhood care and education. A total of $94.8 million in new funding will transform the Commonwealth’s early childhood education system to increase access for at-risk three- and four-year-olds, establish uniform accountability standards, and ensure educators have the training and support they need, especially in child care settings.
Virginia Receives $500,000 Lumina Foundation Grant to Help Close Gaps in Educational Attainment
A $500,000 educational equity grant by Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation will help the Commonwealth of Virginia increase educational achievement for students of color by 5 percentage points over the next four years. Virginia is focusing on students who have traditionally been left behind, as it works toward its goal of being the best-educated state by 2030.
Virginia Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Amazon HQ2 Announcement
One year after Amazon announced plans to establish its second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth is moving forward with long-term investments that include generating 31,000 new computer science graduates and replacing the capital region’s worst traffic chokepoint, Governor Ralph Northam said today.
Governor Northam Announces Plans to Graduate 31,000 in Computer Science, Boosting Tech Talent Pipeline
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will invest in the Commonwealth’s tech talent pipeline to create 31,000 new computer science graduates over 20 years, under agreements he signed with 11 universities.
Governor Northam Announces Grant for Substance Use Recovery Programs at Virginia Colleges and Universities
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has awarded $675,000 of federal State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funding to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to help expand substance use recovery programs at eight universities across the state.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
First Lady Pamela Northam, Virginia Secretary of Education Host Summit on Early Childhood Education
First Lady Pamela Northam and the Office of the Secretary of Education will today host a summit with education leaders, policymakers, and academic researchers at the University of Virginia to discuss early childhood education in the Commonwealth. Sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, the Virginia Department of Education, the UVA K-12 Advisory Council, and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, the day-long event is aimed at addressing critical issues in early childhood education across the state.
Governor Northam and Virginia Council on Women Announce 9th Annual STEM Essay Contest
Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Council on Women today announced the 9th Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women in their senior year of high school.
Governor Northam Awards $6 Million in New School Security Equipment Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to help protect students and teachers in 340 schools in 70 school divisions. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, voice and video internal communications systems, mass notification systems, visitor-identification systems, access control systems, two-way radios, security vestibules, and other security upgrades.
Governor Northam Announces Nearly $1.5 Million Awarded from Virginia Research Investment Fund
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that nearly $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round. The three-year grant will support the launch of the Commonwealth Center of Innovation for Autonomous Systems (C2IAS), a collaborative research center led by Virginia Tech with Old Dominion University as its partner. Staff of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the grant competition, and members of the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) approved the project proposal at its meeting in Richmond yesterday.
Virginia First Lady Promotes Farm to School Week
Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam is encouraging schools and communities to participate in Virginia Farm to School Week from October 7–11, including the annual “Crunch Heard ‘Round the Commonwealth” on October 9. Farm to School Week promotes programs that connect students to local farmers and producers through the food they consume in schools and summer feeding programs.
Governor Northam Announces 2019–2020 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the 2019–2020 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge. High schools across the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to compete to register the highest percentage of their voting-age population. Schools that reach or exceed 65 percent registration of their eligible senior class will receive a congratulatory certificate from the Governor. The Governor’s Challenge was created in 2016 and is a partnership of the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Secretaries of Administration and Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Elections, and the League of Women Voters of Virginia.
First Lady Pamela Northam Concludes Second Annual Back to School Tour
Over the past month as nearly 1.2 million Virginia students returned to school, First Lady Pamela Northam visited early childhood education programs and elementary schools in each of the Commonwealth’s eight Superintendent Regions, highlighting the importance of school readiness. The First Lady traveled more than 2,327 miles, making 42 stops in 27 localities where she read with students and delivered books donated by bbgb books, an independent children’s bookshop in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces $20 Million Electric School Bus Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will dedicate $20 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) to fund a new initiative aimed at accelerating the deployment of electric school buses across the Commonwealth. Governor Northam made the announcement during a Climate Week NYC event hosted by the United States Climate Alliance with the governors of California, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Cloud Computing Degree Programs with Amazon Web Services
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new collaboration between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and select K-12 school divisions, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and leading four-year universities. This collaboration will create opportunities and build pathways to high-skilled and high-wage cloud computing careers for students in all regions of the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces FeedVA Website to Help Combat Childhood Hunger, Strengthen Local Food Systems
As the Commonwealth marks the third annual Feed Virginia Day of Action, Governor Ralph Northam and his administration’s Children’s Cabinet today announced the launch of FeedVA.org, an interactive tool to connect partners, share resources, and accelerate efforts to help end childhood hunger in Virginia and strengthen local food systems. The FeedVA website includes a comprehensive collection of statewide and localized data and resources related to food security, school nutrition, health outcomes, local food access, and more.
Governor Northam Announces Results of Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grant Independent Evaluation
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the results of an independent evaluation, which demonstrate that the state investment in mixed delivery approaches are increasing access to early education programs and improving learning outcomes for at-risk children. Those enrolled in programs funded by Virginia’s Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grant initiative are achieving student performance outcomes that meet or exceed typical outcomes for children of the same age and are equivalent to outcomes from Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) classrooms.
Governor Northam Awards Extended-Year and Year-Round School Grants for 57 Schools in 11 Divisions
Governor Ralph Northam has awarded more than $7.7 million in state grants to support the development and implementation of year-round and extended-year instructional programs in 57 schools in 11 school divisions.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Outstanding STEM Award Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam and the Science Museum of Virginia’s Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti today announced the 2019 Outstanding STEM Award recipients. Five individuals were selected for their scientific contributions, which help strengthen the Commonwealth’s current and future position as a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Governor Northam Reminds Virginians to Travel with Caution as Students Return to School
As a new academic year begins and schools across the Commonwealth return to session, Governor Ralph Northam today urged motorists to do their part to keep Virginia’s students safe.
Governor Northam Announces New Workforce Development Partnership for Commercial Driver Testing
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the FastForward CDL Passway Program, a partnership of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to increase opportunities for Virginians to access commercial driver credentialing services.
Governor Northam Launches Statewide Workforce Development Listening Tour
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an eight-stop listening tour to hear from Virginians about the needs of workers and employers in communities throughout the Commonwealth. The conversations, which coincide with National Workforce Development Month in September, will provide opportunities for workers, local leaders, and members of the business community to offer insight and provide feedback on how to best strengthen Virginia’s talent pipeline and address emerging employment challenges.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Commission on African American History Education
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Thirty-Nine, which establishes the Commission on African American History Education. The Commission is charged with reviewing Virginia’s history standards, and the instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African American history in the Commonwealth. Governor Northam made the announcement speaking at the 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing, a ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in 1619.
First Lady Pamela Northam Kicks Off Second Annual Back to School Tour in Southwest Virginia
As nearly 1.2 million Virginia students return to school in the coming weeks to begin a new academic year, First Lady Pamela Northam will visit early childhood education programs and elementary schools in each of the Commonwealth’s eight Superintendent Regions, highlighting the importance of school readiness. As she visits classrooms across Virginia, the First Lady will also deliver books donated by bbgb books, an independent children’s bookshop in Richmond, beginning with Region 7 on August 20 and 21.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Virginia Datathon to Focus on Equity in Education
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the 2019 Virginia Datathon will focus on addressing inequities in Virginia’s education system. The Equity in Education Datathon will take place on October 3rd and 4th at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
Governor Northam Announces $1.5 Million Grant from Virginia Research Investment Fund
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round. The two-year grant will support the launch of the Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium, a collaborative research center co-led by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech. Other partners will include the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and NASA Langley Research Center. The project has lined up $1.8 million in additional funding as a condition of the grant award. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the competition, and the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) members selected the final award recipient and announced the next grant recipient at its meeting in Richmond today.
Governor Northam Releases Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment and Draft Strategic Plan
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the completion of a statewide Needs Assessment and draft Strategic Plan that were produced through the $9.9 million federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) announced in January. The Needs Assessment identifies gaps in Virginia’s early childhood system and the draft Strategic Plan outlines the goals and priorities for unifying and strengthening early childhood care and education in Virginia. Both documents were developed through close collaboration with stakeholders, families, and state legislators to identify and address the unique needs of Virginia children ages birth to five. Both documents are now available online to solicit feedback to help shape the final version of the Strategic Plan, which will be released later this year.
Governor Northam Awards High School Innovation Planning and Implementation Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of high school innovation grants to thirteen school divisions to develop or implement programs that promote Virginia’s 5 C’s: critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship while preparing students for careers and postsecondary education. The grants are for the 2019-2020 school year. Eight school divisions received initial planning grants, while five divisions were awarded funding to support implementation this fall of previously planned innovative programs.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Dr. Harrison B. Wilson
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement on the passing of former Norfolk State University President Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson Jr.
Governor Northam Establishes Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Directive Four, which establishes the Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness. The Team will be responsible for making recommendations that unify and strengthen Virginia’s early childhood system, including developing a plan to ensure all at-risk three-year-olds and four-year-olds in Virginia have access to a publicly-subsidized care and education option by 2025.
Governor Northam Announces Record-Breaking Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Lottery recorded its biggest year yet, with sales reaching over $2.29 billion and profits totaling nearly $650 million in the last fiscal year, which ended on June 30. The record profits represent a seven percent increase over last year and are equivalent to about $1.78 million per day for education in the Commonwealth generated by the Lottery. These numbers, which are unaudited figures, were provided at the Lottery Board’s quarterly meeting held today in Richmond. The final, audited results will be released in August. The previous record, set in Fiscal Year 2018, was $606 million.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Virginia STEM Education Commission
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Thirty-Six, establishing the Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Commission. The Commission will develop a State STEM plan to create a unified statewide vision and dynamic set of shared goals to strategically inform how we prepare Virginia’s students for the STEM jobs of the future. The Governor and First Lady made the announcement together in the Forge Makerspace at the Science Museum of Virginia, and then participated in a STEM-related project alongside kids from the Museum’s Lunar Lab Summer Camp.
Governor Northam Announces Approval of New Teacher Education Degrees and Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the state policy boards for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education have approved 53 new teacher preparation programs and 25 new degrees that will allow graduates to become teachers after earning four-year degrees in education.
Governor Northam Announces Fourth Round of Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), in consultation with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), will award four grants to local communities that have proposed innovative approaches to expand access to high-quality preschool for at-risk children through partnerships with community-based early childhood programs. This is the fourth cohort of mixed-delivery grantees since 2016. This year, VECF and VDOE are also funding planning grants and technical assistance to two communities preparing to receive a possible Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grant in the future.
Governor Northam Announces Five Virginia High Schools Receive Cybersecurity Awards
Governor Ralph Northam today recognized five Virginia high schools for their participation in the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program, which he announced earlier this year. Sponsored by the SANS Institute, the national Girls Go CyberStart program involves a series of online challenges designed to place girls in grades 9 through 12 in the role of a cybersecurity professional tasked with solving realistic problems and puzzles.
Governor Northam and Board of Education Announce 2019 Virginia Index of Performance Awards
Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education today announced that 270 schools and nine school divisions earned 2019 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced student learning and achievement. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education.
Governor Northam Celebrates Virginia’s 13-Spot Jump to Seventh Place in U.S. News Best States Ranking
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated Virginia’s jump to seventh place in the U.S. News 2019 Best States Rankings, representing a 13-spot jump from 20th in 2018. In calculating the rankings, each of eight categories was assigned weightings based on the average of three years of data from an annual national survey that asked a total of more than 50,000 people to prioritize each subject in their state. The data behind the rankings aims to show how well states serve their residents in a variety of ways. In addition to healthcare and education, the metrics consider a state’s economy, infrastructure, fiscal stability, public safety, natural environment, and the opportunity it affords its residents.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Transferring Virginia Museum of Natural History to Secretary of Education
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Thirty-One, transferring responsibility and oversight of the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) from the Secretary of Natural Resources to the Secretary of Education.
Governor Northam Vetoes Companion Legislation with Lower Staffing Ratio for School Counselors
Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 2053, one of two bills to improve staffing ratios of school counselors. House Bill 2053 and Senate Bill 1406, sponsored by Delegate Delores McQuinn and Senator Rosalyn Dance respectively, were introduced in identical form but amended to require different staffing ratios. Governor Northam signed Senate Bill 1406 on March 25, which will require more school counselors for students and is a greater step towards the staffing ratios recommended by the Virginia Board of Education.
Governor Northam Announces ‘Virginia is for Learners’ Education Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today launched 'Virginia is for Learners,' an initiative to engage students, parents, educators, and employers with the Commonwealth’s efforts to better prepare Virginia students for success in the 21st-century workforce and adapt to a changing world. The initiative includes a public information campaign and a coordinated set of future-focused strategies to accompany recent major changes the Commonwealth has made to public education.
Governor Northam Congratulates 2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson
Governor Ralph Northam today congratulated Richmond history teacher Rodney A. Robinson on his selection as the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. The choice of Robinson as the nation’s top teacher was announced earlier today on CBS This Morning.
Governor Northam Announces $600,000 in Grants to Upgrade Career and Technical Education Program Equipment
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $600,000 in competitive grants to 16 high schools and technical centers to upgrade equipment for their career and technical education (CTE) programs. Each school or technical center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and to make other necessary improvements.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. More than 3,000 high school students from across the Commonwealth participated in an online competition, and 160 students were invited to the day-long championship event held April 11th at Capital One in Richmond.
Virginia First Lady Announces Farm-to-School Goal, Connecting Schools to Virginia Growers
Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam, Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring are calling on the Commonwealth’s school nutrition programs to increase annual statewide local food purchases to at least $22 million by 2022. Mrs. Northam announced the goal last month in Hampton during the annual Virginia Farm-to-School Conference.
Governor Northam Announces Two Virginia Schools Selected to Participate in Teen Mental Health First Aid Pilot Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the National Council on Behavioral Health and Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation have selected two Virginia high schools to take part in the Teen Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) pilot program. Freedom High School in Chantilly and Charlottesville High School in Charlottesville will be among eight schools in the country to pilot Teen MHFA this spring.
Governor Northam Announces Fourth Annual Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 21–27, 2019, as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. During this week, high school students, teachers, and administrators across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.
Governor Northam Vetoes Legislation Creating Ill-Defined “School Protection Officers”
Governor Northam today vetoed House Bill 2142, which would allow for the creation of school protection officers, a new type of officer with undefined duties and indeterminate training. Virginia law already provides for school resource officers and school security officers, two types of officers with well-defined duties and stringent, uniform training standards.
Governor Northam Signs Tobacco-Free Schools Legislation
Governor Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 2384, sponsored by Delegate Patrick Hope and Senate Bill 1295, sponsored by Senator Lionel Spruill, Sr., which will require all local school boards to develop and implement a comprehensive tobacco-free policy banning the use and distribution of any tobacco product or nicotine vapor product on a school bus, on school property, and at on-site and off-site school-sponsored activities. This legislation will be effective July 1, 2019.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation to Improve the Safety of Student Athletes
Governor Ralph Northam today signed legislation designed to support and improve the safety of student athletes across the Commonwealth of Virginia. House Bill 1930, introduced by Delegate Richard Bell, requires the Board of Education to collaborate with stakeholders to biennially update its guidelines on policies related to concussions. These policies are intended to inform and educate coaches, student athletes, and parents and guardians of the nature, risks, and effects of concussions as well as the criteria for removal and return to play. Additionally, each local school division is required to biennially update its policies and procedures regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student athletes.
Governor Northam Announces Registration Open for Student Cybersecurity Programs
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that registration is now open for the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program, which aims to support and inspire high school girls across Virginia to explore careers in cybersecurity and computer science.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Teacher Named Finalist for 2019 National Teacher of the Year
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Rodney A. Robinson, a history teacher at Virgie Binford Education Center in Richmond, is one of four states’ teachers of the year named by the Council of Chief State School Officers as finalists for the 2019 National Teacher of the Year.
Governor Northam and Virginia Council on Women Announce 8th Annual STEM Essay Contest
Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Council on Women today announced the 8th Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women in their junior and senior years of high school.
Virginia Receives $9.9 Million Federal Preschool Development Grant to Unify and Strengthen Early Childhood Education
First Lady Pamela Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), in partnership with the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and the University of Virginia (UVA), received a one-year $9.9 million competitive federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.
Governor Northam Announces New Compensation Tool to Better Recruit and Retain Virginia’s State Employees
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a second compensation tool to assist state agencies in recruiting and retaining top talent for the Commonwealth’s state workforce. The new sign-on and retention bonus tool, effective January 1, 2019, will enable agencies to make contributions to employees’ Virginia529 accounts as an incentive to attract and retain those in critical or high-turnover positions.
Governor Northam Announces Budget Proposals to Address Higher Education and Housing Affordability
Governor Ralph Northam today announced his proposed budget will include funding to address the affordability of higher education and housing in Virginia. These investments will support programs and strategies proven successful in assisting Virginians.
Governor Northam Announces Budget Proposals to Add School Counselors and Improve School Safety
Governor Ralph Northam today announced his proposed budget will feature an additional $39 million in new money for investments to ensure safe learning environments for Virginia’s K-12 students. In addition to a raise in teacher salaries announced Monday, Governor Northam also is proposing to allocate $36 million to fund additional school counselors for school divisions across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Budget Proposals to Invest $268.7 Million in New Money for K-12 Education
Governor Northam today announced his proposed budget will feature $268.7 million in new money for investments in Virginia’s K-12 education system. As part of the governor’s commitment to ensuring that the Commonwealth is able to attract and retain educators, the governor is announcing the inclusion of an additional 2 percent raise in teacher salaries, totaling $88 million, that will result in a total 5 percent raise effective July 1, 2019.
Governor Northam Announces Third Round of Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grants
Governor Northam today announced that the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), in consultation with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), will award six grants to local communities that have proposed innovative approaches to expand access to high-quality preschool for at-risk children through partnerships with community-based early childhood programs. This is the third cohort of mixed-delivery grantees since 2016. Funding for the grants was included in the budget for Fiscal Year 2019–2020.
Northam Administration Kicks Off Computer Science Education Week in Virginia
Proclaiming December 3–9, 2018 as Computer Science Education Week in Virginia, today Governor Ralph Northam will join First Lady Pamela Northam and administration officials to kick off a series of events designed to encourage students of all ages to get interested in computer science, and expand opportunities for computer science education in all parts of the Commonwealth. Computer Science Education Week is a national initiative dedicated to increasing awareness of the transformative role of computing and the need to strengthen computer science education at all levels.
Governor Northam Announces Collaborative Effort to Transform Virginia Community College System
Today, at an event held at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Governor Ralph Northam announced a collaborative effort to transform workforce programs offered through the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Currently, many programs intended to train students with applied skills require them to take general education courses before advancing to essential skills-based courses. To best prepare students with the skills needed for high-demand, well-paying jobs, VCCS will work to redesign career pathways so that skills training begins at the start of each program.
Virginia Announces New Educational Pathways for Early Childhood Teachers
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that for the first time in the Commonwealth, early childhood educators will have access to a seamless pathway for earning marketable credentials in early childhood education. Now, due to regulatory changes made by the Board of Education and internal policy changes by participating community colleges and universities, early childhood educators can further their education efficiently through a streamlined pathway connecting credentials, associate’s degrees, and baccalaureate programs.
Governor Northam Announces Amazon Selects Virginia for Major New Corporate Headquarters
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Amazon, Inc. will invest approximately $2.5 billion to establish a major new headquarters in Virginia that will create more than 25,000 high-paying jobs over 12 years. The headquarters will be housed in a collection of new and renovated buildings located in National Landing, which includes portions of Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington County, Virginia and Potomac Yard in the City of Alexandria, Virginia. Amazon’s initial growth is expected to be focused in the Crystal City and Pentagon City portions of National Landing.
59 Schools Earn Virginia Purple Star Awards for Meeting Needs of Military Children and Families
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children are recognizing 59 schools as “Purple Star” schools. The Purple Star designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families.
Governor Northam Joins Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Launching New Artmobile
Sixty-five years after the launch of the original Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VFMA) Artmobile, Governor Ralph Northam and VMFA Director Alex Nyerges today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of "VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century." The inaugural exhibition, "How Far Can Creativity Take You? VMFA Fellowship Artists," explores the history and impact of VMFA’s fellowship program, the largest of its kind in the United States, using the work of former fellowship artists to examine how different mediums and techniques are used to create unique works of art.
Governor Northam Seeks Nominations for Volunteerism and Community Service Awards
Governor Northam today announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The nomination period will end at 5:00 PM EST on Saturday, December 15, 2018.
Governor Northam Announces $3.75 Million Grant to Improve Learning in Schools Hit by Opioid Crisis
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia has received a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve outcomes and support services for students in rural school divisions most affected by the opioid crisis.
Northam Administration Announces New Members of School Readiness Committee
Today the Northam Administration announced the addition of 13 new members to Virginia’s School Readiness Committee.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Conservation Cabinet
Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Order Twenty Two, establishing the Governor’s Conservation Cabinet, a new initiative to better protect Virginia’s vulnerable natural resources and improve environmental quality across the Commonwealth.
Commonwealth of Virginia and ACT to Launch Breakfast Pilot Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth will participate in a pilot program that provides a complimentary breakfast to students at five of Virginia’s ACT test centers. On Saturday, October 27, students taking the ACT in Gretna, Harrisonburg, Martinsville, Springfield, and Tazewell will be offered a healthy breakfast before the test.
Governor Northam Awards $6 Million in New School Security Equipment Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to protect students and teachers in 102 school divisions and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades in 443 schools and other instructional facilities.
Eight Virginia Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Award
Governor Ralph Northam today recognized eight Virginia schools—seven public and one private—named as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Every year since 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools across the country for demonstrating superior academic performance or making substantial progress in closing student achievement gaps.
Virginia Receives $869,508 in Federal Funding to Support Threat Assessment in Schools
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that $869,508 has been awarded to the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS), housed within the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
Governor Northam Awards Extended-Year and Year-Round School Grants for 71 Schools in 15 Divisions
Governor Ralph Northam has awarded more than $7.7 million in grants to support the development and implementation of year-round and extended-year instructional programs in 71 schools in 15 school divisions.
Virginia Awards Thirty-Three Localities $1.2 Million in Grants for School Resource Officer and School Security Officer Positions
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that $1.22 million in grant funds have been awarded to 33 localities throughout Virginia. This funding will enable these mostly rural localities to fund new school resource officer (SRO) and school security officer (SSO) positions at public elementary, middle, and high schools. The grants were awarded by the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Services Board, on behalf of the Board, at a special meeting earlier today.
Governor Northam Announces 2018–2019 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge
Governor Northam today announced the 2018–2019 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge. The Office of the Governor and the Virginia Secretary of Administration, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Elections, Inspire U.S., and the League of Women Voters of Virginia, are excited reintroduce the Governor’s Voter Registration Challenge for high school students across the Commonwealth for the third time. The challenge was created in 2016 by Governor McAuliffe.
UPDATED: Governor Northam Continues Medical Grand Rounds Tour Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam will give the final two in a series of Grand Rounds lectures to Virginia medical students on the issue of the opioid epidemic next month.
First Lady Pamela Northam to Suspend Back to School Tour
The First Lady’s Back to School tour has been suspended due to the anticipated impact of Hurricane Florence. Events scheduled for Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13 are being rescheduled for new dates in the coming weeks.
First Lady Pamela Northam to Conclude Back to School Tour with Visits to the Valley, Northern Neck, Southside, Eastern Shore and Western Virginia
As nearly 1.2 million Virginia students return school to begin a new academic year, First Lady Pamela Northam will celebrate by visiting early childhood education programs and elementary schools and discussing the importance of school readiness. The First Lady will continue delivering books and school supplies as she visits schools and learning centers in each of the Commonwealth’s eight Superintendent Regions. From September 10 through September 13, the First Lady’s Back to School tour will conclude with stops in the remaining five Superintendent regions.
Northam Administration Announces New Members of Standards of Learning Innovation Committee
Today the Northam Administration announced the addition of 10 new members to Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee.
First Lady Pamela Northam Continues Back to School Tour in the Shenandoah Valley, Central and Northern Virginia
As nearly 1.2 million Virginia students head back to school to begin a new school year, First Lady Pamela Northam will celebrate by visiting early childhood education programs and elementary schools and discussing the importance of school readiness. The First Lady will be delivering books and school supplies as she visits schools and learning centers in each of the Commonwealth’s eight Superintendent’s Regions.
First Lady Pamela Northam Kicks Off Back to School Tour in Southwest Virginia
As nearly 1.2 million Virginia students look forward to heading back to school in the coming weeks, First Lady Pamela Northam will celebrate by visiting early childhood education programs and elementary schools and discussing the importance of school readiness. The First Lady will be delivering books and school supplies as she visits schools and learning centers in each of the Commonwealth’s eight Superintendent’s Regions, starting with Region 7 on August 21 and 22.
Governor Northam Announces $2 Million in Grants for New Youth Training and Employment Initiative
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of a $2,000,000 initiative to attract young adults in Virginia to high-demand jobs through FastForward training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges. The effort will link together proven and highly successful training, career coaching, and job placement services to address the historically challenging issue of youth employment.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Establishes Work Group on Student Safety
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the formation of the Work Group on Student Safety. The work group will be co-chaired by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. It is comprised of educators, school personnel, public safety officials, mental health practitioners, and community partners.
Governor Northam Awards High School Innovation Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today awarded high school innovation grants to 10 school divisions to develop or implement programs that align with graduation requirements and emphasize personalized learning and the use of performance assessments to measure student achievement. The grants are for the 2018-2019 school year.
Governor Northam Announces Record Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Virginia Lottery completed its best year ever, with record sales of $2.14 billion and profits topping $600 million for the first time. The news was delivered at the Lottery Board’s quarterly meeting held in Richmond today. Virginia’s Constitution requires that all Virginia Lottery profits be deposited in the Lottery Proceeds Fund, from which the General Assembly makes appropriations in support of K-12 public education programs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam and Board of Education Announce 2018 Virginia Index of Performance Awards
Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education announced today that 349 schools and 16 school divisions earned 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education.
Governor Northam Issues Executive Orders on Paid Parental Leave and Child Care Options for State Employees
Governor Ralph Northam today signed two Executive Orders to support the state workforce on the job and at home by authorizing paid leave for new parents, and by creating the Advisory Commission on Quality Child Care to study child care and early learning options for state employees with young children.
Governor Northam Announces “Build Virginia” to Bolster Workforce Development System Across the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of Build Virginia, an initiative that will connect workers throughout the Commonwealth with training and employment opportunities in the skilled trades.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
First Lady Pamela Northam Launches New Early Childhood Education Initiative
First Lady Pamela Northam today announced a new initiative to bolster early childhood education in Virginia and improve student outcomes for youth across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces $1.265 Million in Grants to Localities for School Resource Officer and School Security Officer Positions
Governor Ralph Northam announced today the award of grants totaling $1.265 million to localities throughout the Commonwealth that will fund school resource officer (SRO) and school security officer (SSO) positions at elementary, middle, and high schools.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Ralph Northam Signs 2018–2020 Biennial Budget
Governor Ralph Northam today signed two bills that fund state government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 and all of Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020. The budget Governor Northam signed increases health care access for up to 400,000 Virginians by expanding Medicaid and makes significant investments in core economic priorities like education, workforce training, mental health services, and pay raises for teachers as well as state and state-supported local employees, including law enforcement professionals.
Governor Northam Announces $1.9 Million Troops to Teachers Grant
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to expand the Commonwealth’s efforts to recruit retired and retiring veterans for second careers as teachers.
Governor Northam Announces 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program Participants
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced the 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program participants.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Appoints Dr. James Lane as State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he has appointed Dr. James Lane as Virginia’s next State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Governor Northam Announces 120 New Jobs in Fairfax County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The College Board, a non-profit organization formed in 1900 to broaden access to higher education, will grow its operation in Fairfax County, expanding into an additional 74,000 square feet in Reston Town Center.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of the 2019 Commemoration’s Virginia History Trails Mobile Application
Today, Governor Ralph Northam joined the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution™ in announcing the launch of the Virginia History Trails mobile application.
Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Virginia Tech President Emeritus Charles Steger
Governor Northam released the following statement on the death of Virginia Tech President Emeritus Dr. Charles W. Steger.
Governor Northam Designates May 6 – 12 as Virginia Public Service Week
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed the week of May 6 – 12, 2018 as Public Service Week in Virginia to celebrate the commitment and dedication of 713,000 individuals who serve the Commonwealth in federal, state and local jobs.
Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Thank a Teacher During ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’
Governor Ralph Northam designated May 7–11, 2018 as Teacher Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth and encouraged all Virginians to participate by sending thank-you notes, recognizing teachers for their hard work and dedication.
Governor Northam Opens First Virginia Career Works Center in Roanoke
Governor Ralph Northam today attended the grand opening of the inaugural Virginia Career Works center, located in the City of Roanoke.
Governor Northam Announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. More than 2,300 high school students from across the Commonwealth took part in this challenge.
Governor Northam Announces Third Annual Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week
Governor Northam today issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 22-28, 2018, as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. During this week, high school students, teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth will be
Virginia Students Again Outperform Nationwide Peers on 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress
Virginia fourth graders outperformed their nationwide peers in mathematics and reading on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Governor Northam Announces $600,000 in Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced $600,000 in competitive grants to 16 high schools and technical centers to upgrade equipment for their career and technical education (CTE) programs.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Recognizes Outstanding Faculty Award Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam today recognized 12 Virginia educators as recipients of the 32nd annual Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research, and public service. The annual Outstanding Faculty Award program is administered by the
Governor Ralph Northam Announces 2018 Outstanding STEM Award Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam and Science Museum of Virginia Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti today announced the 2018 Outstanding STEM Award recipients. Six individuals were selected for their scientific contributions which help strengthen Virginia’s
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced key appointments for senior leadership positions within his administration
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Today at Beville Middle School in Dale City, Governor-elect Ralph Northam announced Prince William County Public School teacher and Marine Corps veteran Atif Qarni will join the Northam administration as the next Secretary of Education.