Education

VEA & PTA "Put Kids First" Campaign

Jan 28, 2015

The Virginia PTA and the Virginia Education Association have joined together to launch a new public awareness campaign called “Put Kids First."

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About two dozen college students gathered in Richmond this week to demand lower rates for higher education.   

Among them, John Maggi, who studies at the University of Virginia. 

“In the United States, privilege is kind of what determines your educational status, especially when it comes to higher education and universities.”

Scott LeCates, an organizer with the teachers’ association in Roanoke, said debt was crippling college graduates – especially those who had chosen careers in education.

Full Disclosure: Capped Out

Jan 21, 2015
ATW80.com

More Americans than ever are going to college.   And more than ever are burdened with high debts and few job prospects.

In the latest installment of his Full Disclosure podcast, Richmond-based business reporter Roben Farzad talked with University of Richmond Business Professor Eric Martin,  who says  four years of college at the full sticker price is just not for everyone.    And Martin points to recent studies claiming that only 37%  of new jobs created require a four-year-degree.

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.

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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