Peeling the Onion

Feb 26, 2013

The number of foreign students on college campuses in the U.S. is growing.  But many say they have difficulty making American friends.  It’s a social issue that has implications for the classroom as well.  Robbie Harris prepared this report.


Dyanis Popova and Kris Tilley Lubbs are offering a workshop Friday, March 1 called,"Peeling the Onion: Diversity and Inclusion for All Students in All Classrooms."  It runs from 8 am to 12 noon at the Torgersen Museum on the Virginia Tech Campus.
 


 

Climate Change & Congress

Feb 25, 2013

After being eclipsed by other issues for a couple of years climate change is now back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill. 

Republicans control the U-S House and many oppose taking action to address climate change. In his State of the Union address President Obama opened the door for lawmakers to work with him on the issue but he also laid a line in the sand.

Fixing Failing Schools

Feb 25, 2013

Virginia’s most underperforming schools would be transferred to a new state Opportunity Educational Institution thanks to General Assembly passage of a budget amendment over the weekend. 

VaNews for 02.25.13

Feb 25, 2013

A Virginia sheriff was surprised when his statement against gun control laws was removed from his county’s website and the General Assembly is trying to make it easier for parents to get information from online accounts after the death of a child. The Virginia Public Access Project reports those were among the most clicked newspaper stories this week at the VaNews link at vpap.org.  Fred Echols reports.

Forty Thorns, a Story of Survival.

Feb 25, 2013

We hear a lot of questions about today’s unsettled world.

A Cautionary Tale

Feb 25, 2013

I’m about to tell you a cautionary tale involving food, phones, fighting and fire. 

One evening while preparing dinner, I was on the phone arguing with my oldest son.  I don’t remember the subject, I just know I was right and he was wrong.  And, I told him so as I lay green beans on a metal steamer in a pot, forgot to add water, then placed the pan over high heat on the stovetop.

Electoral Laws

Feb 20, 2013

Virginia attorneys general would have the power to investigate and prosecute violations of election laws under legislation that has been approved by the state Senate. 

Oysters were once plentiful on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, but their numbers have fallen dramatically over the last century, due to overfishing, pollution and disease. 

Scientists and watermen are working to bring them back, and the partnership has led to a unique course at the University of Virginia – one taught, in part, by a man who has no PhD but could easily write a dissertation on his beloved bivalves.

Four generations of Biddlecombs have lived on the Eastern Shore, harvesting oysters.  76-year-old Dudley Biddlecomb began work when he was just five years old.  

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal travels to Virginia at Governor McDonnell's request to help push the Governor's K-12 education plans, including an A - F grading system for schools. This is an unedited video of their joint press conference.

School Safety

Feb 19, 2013

Public schools would be required to establish threat assessment teams and procedures under legislation that has advanced in the House of Delegates.

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