The Secretary of Education assists the Governor in the development and implementation of the state's education policy.
The Education Secretariat provides guidance to the 16 public universities, the Virginia Community College System, five higher education and research centers, the Department of Education, the state-supported museums.
Governor McDonnell’s Taskforce on School and Campus Safety
The Governor’s Taskforce on School and Campus Safety is meeting consistent with Executive Order No. 56. Click here for more information on the Taskforce.
Next Meetings: (Please note that all Taskforce meetings are open to the public and will have time devoted to public comments.)
March 4, 2013 Public Safety and Education Workgroups
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Virginia Council on Women, in collaboration with the Science Museum of Virginia announced the winners of the 2nd annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior girls. The top 3 winners were recognized at the Science Museum of Virginia's "Up and Atom" Women's Leadership Breakfast earlier today. more...
Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement regarding the retirement of Virginia Tech President Charles Steger after 14 years at the helm. "With the announcement of the retirement of Dr. Charles Steger today, an era has come to an end at Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth will forever be indebted to Dr. Steger for his stalwart leadership and strategic vision in transforming the land grant institution into one of the leading research institutions in the nation. ... more...
Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation recognizing May 6-10 as Virginia Teacher Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth of Virginia. On Thursday, May 9 Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and Deputy Secretary Javaid Siddiqi will accompany Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Marcus Newsome and members of the School Board at the announcement of the finalists for the Teacher of the Year. Additionally, Secretary Fornash and Deputy Secretary Siddiqi will visit A.M. Davis Elementary School in Chesterfield County, where the governor has partnered with Successful Innovations and Panera Bread to provide lunch for all teachers. more...