Education

Sexual Assault Policy Changes
6:11 am
Thu April 2, 2015

UVA Implements New Sexual Misconduct Policy

With no fanfare, the University of Virginia has announced a new sexual misconduct policy, prompted by a federal investigation.  

UVA spent about a year trying to figure out how it could better handle cases of sexual assault, harassment, and stalking, after the U.S. Department of Education said the school might be guilty of discrimination based on gender.  That announcement came after a former student said she was raped in 2011 and that administrators botched an investigation, losing key evidence.

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Age of Distraction
5:09 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

The World Beyond Your Head

Matthew B. Crawford

Virginia’s Festival of the Book recently wrapped up in Charlottesville, but one of its featured authors didn’t go far.  Matthew Crawford returned to his workshop in Richmond, where he produces custom motorcycle parts and meditates on the distractions of modern life. 

If you knew Matthew Crawford in high school, you might be surprised to hear that he got a PhD in political philosophy at the University of Chicago - a school deeply committed to scholarship.  At age 16, scholarship was the last thing on Crawford’s mind.

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Education
9:15 am
Tue March 31, 2015

SOL Regulations Passed

Elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning tests by narrow margins will have an opportunity to retake those tests this spring thanks to new regulations passed by the State Board of Education. The rules stem from a law that sailed through the General Assembly—but would not have taken effect until July 1st if the Board had not acted.  

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Environment
8:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Students Conduct Fossil Fuel-Focused Sit-In at University of Mary Washington

UMW students line the hallway
Credit Sandy Hausman

Students at the University of Mary Washington will host an old-fashioned teach-in this afternoon, urging others to join a sit-in at the administration building. They want the school, based in Fredericksburg, to sell off any investments in coal as a protest against those who profit from fossil fuels.  

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Education
9:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Cruise the James, Disconnected

Last year's adventurers. Courtesy of James River Expedition's Facebook page
Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/James-River-Expedition/191837124197295?fref=ts

If you have a teenager who’s getting on your nerves - one who can’t stop texting - here’s an opportunity for both of you to take a break.  The James River Association is offering high school students a chance to cruise for a week this summer - to learn about history, science, and life. 

Thirty students will paddle three different sections of the James River for eight days  --  beginning in the mountains on June 27th.  Lead educator Kyle Burnett says the first team of ten will negotiate a series of rapids en route to Lynchburg, including Balcony Falls.

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