11:20 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Richmond Superintendent of Schools Gives Hispanic Families Apology

Parents listen to Bedden apologize.

A high level official in Richmond did something surprising this week.  Superintendent of Schools Dana Bedden apologized for an incident that occurred even before he took the job.  

The assembly at Huguenot High School began like a pep rally, but it quickly took on a serious tone as Superintendent Dana Bedden recalled how – in 2013 – all Hispanic students were summoned to the cafeteria.  Jonthan Villatoro was one of them. 

“In the past there had been several conflicts between the African-American students and the Hispanic students that ended in pretty bad fights.”

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Closing After 114 Years
4:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Push for Virginia Students May Have Backfired at Sweet Briar

These freshmen, along with sophomores and juniors, will have to find a new college.
Credit Sweet Briar College

The news that Sweet Briar College would close after 114 years of educating women caught many by surprise. But to one veteran educator, it's the culmination of a financial disaster wrought by rising costs, changing tastes, and more affordable alternatives.

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General Assembly
4:32 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Measuring School Performance

Should they be signed into law by Governor McAuliffe, bills recently passed by the General Assembly would modify some of the scrutiny of school systems that meet state standards.  The state would also create a different method to inform parents of how well those schools are doing.

After educators lambasted the state's A-F grading system created a few years ago, lawmakers crafted a new method to measure school performance. Bill sponsor Delegate Tag Greason says this gives the Board of Education authority to redesign a more comprehensive school performance report card.

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Zeta Psi Fraternity at UVA
1:01 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Iraqi Students Want Apology for "Bombs Over Baghdad" Party

There's a new controversy brewing on the University of Virginia campus -- this time involving the Zeta Psi fraternity, which, last month, hosted a party called “Bombs Over Baghdad.” 

While the fraternity claims to have taken the title from a rap song by the group Outkast, Nour Sulaiman and Iraqi refugee Hanan Hameed say it's wrong to make light of war.

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2:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

UVA Students Vote On Softening 1842 Honor Code

Professors launched the Honor Code after an antebellum cheating scandal.
Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

For 172 years, the University of Virginia has had a rule that students caught cheating, lying or stealing get kicked out. In the 21st century, that seems harsh to some, and students are now voting on whether to change the rule. 

Critics say the University of Virginia has expelled 183 students over the years for lying, cheating, or stealing -- but not a single person has been kicked out for sexual assault. What's more, the penalty for violating the Honor Code is so strict that last year, only two of those brought to trial by the Honor Committee were convicted.

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