College’s Still Accept Student’s Veteran Benefits With New Law

Governor Glen Younkin announced that every college in Virginia will continue to ensure that student’s veteran benefits are protected with laws that have been passed on July 1st to reverse tuition waiver eligibility to students.

Programs such as the Dependents Education Program and the Virginia Military Survivors program will be affected during this law change.

The House and Senate will meet July 18th to repeal these laws, as well as providing $65 million dollars towards the programs that help veteran students with their tuition. 

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Governor Youngkin signs Virginia State Budget featuring $1 billion in tax relief and new spending

Governor Glenn Youngkin ceremonially signed the Virginia State Budget yesterday on the Capitol steps.

Some of the cost cutting measures of the budget included an additional $1 billion in tax cuts, reinstating a sales tax holiday for school supplies, clothing, and footwear, tax rebates of up to $200 for single filers and $400 for married couples filing jointly, and eliminating the age restriction on military retirement income tax relief.

In education, the budget allocated $653.4 million in aid for K-12 education, $418.3 million to fight learning loss and chronic absenteeism, $152.3 million to hire more support staff, and $54.6 million from the General Fund to go towards a 2% raise for teachers and staff.

The State Budget also included $155.6 million in new spending for mental health services.

For the Governor’s announcement, click here.

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News Maker President Tracy Fitzsimmons on SU recent successes

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Shenandoah University (SU) has had a number of accomplishments to celebrate in the past year.

In part one of our News Maker segment with SU President Tracy Fitzsimmons Ph.D we talk about her selection as one of the 500 top Educators in Virginia.

That designation comes from the editors of Virginia Business Magazine.

In part two of our talk with President Fitzsimmons we will talk about still more accolades for the University.

We will also talk about a celebration scheduled at the campus to celebrate not just SU but the community it serves.

News maker segments air at 8:30 a.m. weekdays with the full interviews in the noon hour each weekday.

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Click here for Tracy’s interview.

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