Mallory Noe-Payne

Virginia Commonwealth University is one of the state’s most diverse four-year colleges. But if you’re a student there you may not see that diversity in who’s teaching you. While 15% of VCU students are African-American, only 5% of full-time faculty are.
Students are demanding that VCU fix that problem-- and fast.

Christopher Brooks welcomes me to his office on VCU’s campus in the heart of downtown Richmond.

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Part of Governor McAuliffe’s overall proposed budget includes more than $1 billion dollars allotted for education.

Among the initiatives poised to receive that funding, John O’Neil with the Virginia Education Association says several stand out, such as adding thousands of much-needed teaching positions, and a $50 million dollar increase in funding for programs helping at-risk students

Mallory Noe-Payne

Since the recession, state funding for higher education across the country has plummeted - including here in Virginia, where it remains a quarter below what it was before the recession. Governor McAuliffe revealed details today about how he’d like to fund higher education in the state for the next two years.

As the state has decreased funding for higher education, Virginia’s public colleges have had to increase tuition and fees.

Overhauling 'No Child Left Behind'

Dec 7, 2015

Virginia educators and state leaders are soon expected to be able to exert more control over local schools across the commonwealth.

Lawmakers were supposed to overhaul No Child Left Behind in 2007 but they couldn't bridge the ideological divide. That's left a patchwork across the nation as the Obama Administration compelled states to embrace it's Common Core standards while granting waivers to some 43 states. Virginia Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott was a key player in scrapping No Child Left Behind. He says the new bill gives states the leeway they've been craving. 

VCU Commended for Closing Minority Graduation Gap

Dec 7, 2015
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Virginia colleges have made strides in raising graduation rates for black and latino students, with VCU leading the way. That's according to a report from the Education Trust.

The study collected data on every public school in the country. It looked at each college's graduation rates today, and 10 years ago, comparing the rates for minority students to their white peers.