8:52 am
Mon March 2, 2015

General Assembly Ends, Children of Undocumented Parents Still Have In-State Tuition

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The 2015 legislative session in Virginia may be remembered for expanding access to medical marijuana and excusing Dominion Power from government oversight of its rates, but it could also be known for what didn’t happen. 

When President Obama announced that children raised in this country by undocumented parents could remain here legally, states had to decide whether to grant them in-state tuition.  Two lawmakers introduced bills to deny it, but Delegate Alfonso Lopez says neither was approved. 

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Arts and Education
9:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Virginia's Traveling African Art Exhibit

Credit Aldine S. Hartman Endowment Fund

When it comes to ethnicity, the largest group of people in Virginia—about 20% -- trace their ancestry back to Africa, but kids in our schools learn relatively little about African history, arts and culture.  Now, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will offer a lively supplement to the curriculum -- taking children on a virtual trip to Mali, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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2:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

UVA Students Vote On Softening 1842 Honor Code

Professors launched the Honor Code after an antebellum cheating scandal.
Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

For 172 years, the University of Virginia has had a rule that students caught cheating, lying or stealing get kicked out. In the 21st century, that seems harsh to some, and students are now voting on whether to change the rule. 

Critics say the University of Virginia has expelled 183 students over the years for lying, cheating, or stealing -- but not a single person has been kicked out for sexual assault. What's more, the penalty for violating the Honor Code is so strict that last year, only two of those brought to trial by the Honor Committee were convicted.

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Teaching Business Ethics
8:12 am
Wed February 25, 2015

In the Business of Teaching Ethics

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The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” We’ve long known about the importance of teaching ethics in the classroom, but every so often we see it’s time for a refresher course.  

The financial meltdown that began in 2008 got a lot of people asking what went wrong on Wall Street.

“From Madoff to Stanford to AIG, Wall Street has become rife with corruption and greed, but where does all this filth come from? America’s business schools.”

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General Assembly 2015
8:16 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Home School Sports Bill Advances in General Assembly

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Some Virginia students who are home-schooled may be able to participate in public school interscholastic programs under legislation that has passed both houses of the General Assembly.  Lawmakers also sought to alleviate some concerns raised by school divisions.  

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