Virginia Commonwealth University's new policy on student-faculty romance is being questioned by some in the university community.

And Arlington County has been a magnet for millennials,  but now they're starting families and that makes Arlington less attractive for many of them.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VA News link on

Back to School: Chaos and Umbrellas

Sep 3, 2015

It’s back-to-school time once again. Students everywhere are returning to campus excited to see each other and catch up – but Roanoke College Professor Brent Adkins wants to know something. He wants to know why students are in school in the first place – and encourages them to look beyond the degree.

Why are you here? This is a question that I ask all of my classes in one form or another. Let me tell you how the conversation usually goes.

Me: Why are you here?

Brook Hill Farm

One of the greatest challenges for children who are abused, neglected and at-risk is finding a path to help them recover and become healthy, happy and productive. In a way, that's also what Jo Anne Miller at Brook Hill Farm Horse Rescue has been doing for abandoned and abused horses. Miller, a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, runs a program called United Neigh where at-risk youth age 12-18 work with the horses that, in turn, help the children.

Noting a remarkable turnaround since he spoke to them last year, Governor McAuliffe has told the General Assembly’s money committees that the Commonwealth's financial situation is great-and how he would like to move forward.  During his remarks to lawmakers Thursday, he emphasized his focus on economic development and acquiring military contracts, but much of his speech was devoted to investing in education.

VA's Preschool Initiative

Aug 25, 2015
File Photo/ AP/Ted S. Warren

A special joint subcommittee of state lawmakers has been carefully examining Virginia’s preschool initiative to determine how such programs can be improved.  

The Delegates and Senators heard testimony indicating that high-quality preschool instruction can close the cognitive gap between rich and poor children by 40 percent long-term.  

From birth, the brain forms 42,000 new connections per minute—which build its architecture. Very early experiences establish either a sturdy or fragile foundation for all cumulative development and learning.