As alumnae fight to stop Sweet Briar College from closing, a state senator has a bunch of questions for Virginia’s attorney general, starting with: What are the rights of donors?The small, private liberal arts college shocked faculty, students, and alumnae last week when the interim president announced the school would close forever this summer. The school, an all-women’s college that is more than 100 years old, has been actively fundraising and recruiting but, as president James Jones told the campus community last week, the financial difficulties were “insurmountable.”Read full article >>
There are reports on Capitol Hill that some progress is being made on the rewrite of No Child Left Behind, at least between the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate education committee. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the Republican committee chairman, and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, recently issued a statement saying:Read full article >>
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Do you think the jury made the right decision in ruling that “Blurred Lines” crossed the line into plagiarizing Marvin Gaye?
School “choice” — charter schools, vouchers, etc. — is one of the hallmarks of modern school reform, especially in urban areas. But one issue that never seems to get much, if any, attention, is how it would work in rural areas. According to a new PBS documentary film, 180 Days: Hartsville,the answer is not at all well.Read full article >>
Here are several paragraphs from a March 4 article, “Frozen Yoga? It’s Snowga.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?
The school now intends to “return to a smaller student body size,” the dean wrote in an email, closer to what he called “its historical norm.”
The unrestricted gift will be used meet the immediate needs of students who are at risk of dropping out because they cannot afford basics like books, the college said.
Some legal experts say that the racist chants uttered by the fraternity members were, however odious, protected by the First Amendment.
The Loudoun County School Board lifted the probation it had imposed on its inaugural charter school, which had faced scrutiny because its principal was working without the credentials the state requires of school leaders.Read full article >>
In this lesson, students will explore some of the complex reasons some teenagers are drawn to ISIS, and investigate how a recruitment pipeline funnels young people from their computer screens to the middle of the Syrian civil war.
After apologies from two University of Oklahoma students for a racist chant that went viral online, Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national chapter objected to their statements that they had been “taught” the song and said they are investigating reports from other campuses that the chant has been heard elsewhere.Read full article >>
A Fairfax County school board member has proposed expanding the district’s nondiscrimination policy to include gender identity for the first time.Ryan McElveen (At Large) submitted a proposal last week to amend the school system’s anti-discrimination policy following an opinion issued earlier this month by Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D). Herring’s position reverses a 2002 opinion and now grants local school boards the authority to expand protections to employees and students to include sexual orientation and gender identity.Read full article >>