Education

A look at education issues around Virginia.

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.

In Virginia you can have photographic evidence of cars illegally passing school buses but still not be able to prosecute the drivers...and a bill to introduced in the General Assembly would allow some convicted drug offenders to clear their records.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link at vpap.org.

Roanoke College

Immigration is at the forefront of conversation in today’s political landscape – and an exhibit at Roanoke College from Museum on Main Street, a program with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, seeks to explore America’s long and rich history with the movement of people.

If you walk into the Journey stories exhibit from Main Street in Salem, you can use interactive features to hear the sounds of the stories told.

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Although recent international terrorist attacks have shocked the world, they’ve had little impact on the day-to-day lives of most Virginians. But for one private school outside of Richmond, incidents of global terrorism have hit close to home. 

Collegiate School's manicured campus in Richmond's suburbs seems worlds away from the streets of Paris and the neighborhoods of Beirut, but step inside Rhiannon Boyd's classroom and the distance shrinks.

About 2,000 college students in Virginia won’t have to pay back some of their student loans, thanks to a state settlement with the Education Management Corporation. That company owns a handful of for-profit colleges in Virginia that have been under investigation for lying to students about job placement rates and graduates’ salaries. 

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