We told you recently nearly all the professors in Virginia Military Institute’s English Department had quit. Hear now from one of the profs still there.
Kurt Ayau is one of the few who remains in VMI’s English Department but he’s already let the administration know of his intention to resign, too. A VMI spokesman says the profs quit after the dean announced a curriculum change, focusing more on writing and less on literature. But Ayau says that was just the tip of the iceberg. The impetus for the change in curriculum he says, was a 2011 faculty evaluation.
Virginia Education Association President Meg Gruber is in Atlanta, Georgia this week with other teachers from the Commonwealth and around the country. They're talking about such issues as class size, the federal sequestration, technology infrastructure in schools, and the future of the profession.
On average, college graduates rack up more than $26,000 in student loan debt by the time they’re out of school, and if Congress fails to act, the federal interest rate on those loans will double July 1st.
To try and get their message across to lawmakers, Virginia Young Democrats and student leaders from Old Dominion University and George Mason University are asking Congressmen Frank Wolf and Scott Rigell to stop the rate hike from happening.