The Virginia Newsletter
Following Virginia Politics for over 50 years
Over the past 20 years, total enrollment in Virginia public schools has grown steadily—but highly unevenly—across the state. While the overall population grew in 71 percent of Virginia localities between 2008 and 2013, public school enrollment increased in only 31 percent, and a majority of school divisions in the Commonwealth reported enrollment declines.
This report provides a national snapshot of the numbers and characteristics of low-wage workers—those making less than $10.10/hour—and their families.
The regional profiles presented here incorporate the most recent available data necessary for this report, including information on population size and trends, age distribution, racial and ethnic composition, educational attainment, employment, income and poverty status, and health insurance coverage.
With Overwhelming Support for Nonpartisan Redistricting, Virginians are Studying Ways to Make That Happen
By large margins, Virginians don’t like the idea of politicians creating their own legislative districts. The once-a-decade exercise known as redistricting, which next rolls around in 2021, is a powerful tool for lawmakers to keep themselves and their party in office. When a district is obviously drawn just for that purpose, the process is known as gerrymandering.