Education

Richmond Connexiones
4:53 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Richmond Schools Face Bilingual Challenges

Jessica Osornio and community activist Dustin King

This month, two young women from India and Pakistan shared the Nobel Prize for promoting the rights of kids in their countries. 

Here in Virginia, another young woman is doing likewise – standing up to her high school principal and the school board. 

The dramatic growth in this country’s Hispanic population is not news – except, perhaps, in Richmond, where the public schools were apparently caught off guard.  Jesse Senechal is with a group called Richmond Teachers for Social Justice. 

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Timothy Sands
3:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Installation of New Virginia Tech President

Dr. Timothy Sands has been officially installed  as the 16th president of the University.

The former provost and acting president of Purdue, in Indiana, Sands got his Ph.D. from Berkeley in Materials Science and Engineering.  Since he arrived in Virginia this past summer, he’s been talking with everyone from students and faculty to political leaders. 

The new president of Tech had been living the motto of the university, even before he ever knew the phrase that defines it, “Ut Prosim, “That I may serve.”

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JLARC Legislative Mandate
4:10 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

New College Costs Report Released

Spending on support functions at Virginia’s public colleges and universities is one reason that higher education costs have escalated over the last two decades.

That’s the conclusion of the latest report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which has been studying why the costs of a college education have soared.

The study also found that improving organizational structure and purchasing strategies could help rein in those costs.

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Healthcare in Southwest Virginia
7:56 am
Mon October 6, 2014

An Collaborative Effort Breaks Ground. Actually... Breaks Concrete!

Credit www.jchs.edu

Health care officials from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and Radford University are celebrating a collaborative effort in a unique way.  

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The SOL Debate Continues
8:01 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Civics and Social Studies in Question at VA Schools

Many teachers, parents, and policymakers have agreed that the state's Standards of Learning have forced classroom instruction to be geared toward test-taking, rather than developing more comprehensive learning skills. But as the SOLs are being revised, some are concerned that Social Studies-and ultimately the lessons that teach children civic engagement-are being minimized too much. 

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