Most federal education laws focus on broad matters such as civil rights and free speech. But education is primarily controlled at the state level, including how public schools are funded; relations with teachers' unions; and state university systems. In Virginia, for instance, school is mandatory for children ages five to 18 (with certain exceptions). And like most other states, Virginia law does not allow corporal punishment in schools. This section covers Virginia education laws, including privacy of school records; compulsory education requirements; and prayer in public schools. Click on a link below to learn more.