Education

Fraternity Reform & Spring Rush
4:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Pledging for Brotherhood

The University is cooperating with an ongoing review of its handling of sexual assault complaints by the Office of Civil Rights. 

That may be one reason why the administration and student leaders pressed ahead with fraternity reforms, even after parts of a story in Rolling Stone Magazine were discredited. 

Fraternity members offer many reasons for joining up.  We spoke with several before UVA began its spring rush. Jalen Ross is an ardent member of Phi Delta Theta where he finally found the brotherhood he was looking for.

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Education
7:47 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Frat Reform: UVA Greek Life Moves Forward

The Phi Kappa Psi house at UVA.

It’s a new year at the University of Virginia and a new era for the school’s fraternities.  After Rolling Stone Magazine reported, then hedged on a story of gang rape at a frat house, UVA administrators announced new rules for parties. 

Fraternities have endured their share of bad press – stories of hazing incidents that ended with injuries or death, and popular media have rarely been kind to the Greek scene. 

“Because you clowns have been on double-secret probation since the beginning of the semester, one more slip up, and this fraternity of yours has had it.”

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Reforming the SOLs
8:02 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Education Reforms and Proposals

Virginia's school superintendents are applauding the General Assembly’s recent efforts to reduce the number of standardized SOL tests administered to students from 34 to 27.  But they also say that more reforms are needed moving forward—and they’ve outlined them in a new Blueprint for the Future of Education. 

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Handcuffed 4-Year-Old
7:54 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Handcuffed Preschooler Reinstated in Greene

After some public uproar and contact from a civil liberties group, the four-year-old who was cuffed and shackled by a Greene County school resource officer will be invited back to school with his record wiped clean. The fight, however, goes on.

The Charlottesville-based Rutherford Institute is claiming a victory of sorts on behalf  of the misbehaving pre-schooler who was hauled out of class, handcuffed, placed in a squad car, and then-- back at the sheriff's office-- locked in leg irons.

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Education
5:07 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

House Republicans Outline Education Agenda

Credit Creative Commons, Flickr

Ahead of next week's start of the Virginia General Assembly Session, GOP lawmakers are rolling out new initiatives in public education. 

One reform is a revamped version of an unpopular law—which they say should be more useful to parents and stakeholders.  

GOP Delegates say they want to help students develop real-world, critical thinking skills—which are not achieved through multiple-choice testing.  In order to do that, House Majority Leader Kirk Cox says more teacher professional development is needed, including a process to share best practices.

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