CHARLOTTESVILLE — A group of prominent University of Virginia alumni, mostly New York financiers, is lobbying candidates for Virginia governor to change how the U-Va. Board of Visitors is selected.
Its goal is to have at least eight of the board’s 17 voting members chosen from a pool assembled by U-Va. alumni and supporters instead of the governor filling those spots with major campaign donors and political allies, said Jeffrey C. Walker, chairman of the U-Va. Council of Foundations, who is leading the effort.Read full article >>
A Canadian philanthropy on Thursday announced a gift of about $117 million to the Rhodes Trust to expand a program famed for sending talented young scholars — including one who became a U.S. president — to the University of Oxford.Read full article >>
Seven students and two staff members were taken to a hospital Thursday after the smell of gas led to the evacuation of Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School in Rockville, Montgomery County fire officials said.Read full article >>
California is on a collision course with the U.S. Department of Education over its plans to suspend standardized tests this school year – a move that Education Secretary Arne Duncan says is wrong-headed.Read full article >>
The hiring rate for a teaching position in Fairfax County schools this year was lower than the admissions rates at several Ivy League schools including Yale, Columbia and Princeton.
The school system hired 1,841 teachers this fall after sifting through 26,823 job applications. The hiring rate, 6.8 percent, shows how competitive the job market is for a classroom role in Fairfax County, widely regarded as one of the best school system’s in the country.Read full article >>
Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies (Tenure-Track) | Sonoma State University
Nearly a year ago, French President Fran ois Hollande proposed banning homework because poor children didn’t get as much help at home as rich kids. Now, the French Senate has surprised everyone with another ban: this one on beauty pageants for children under 16 because, the sponsor said, girls should be “acquiring knowledge,” not being sexualized.Read full article >>
Mental health is one of those topics that Americans don’t like to talk about much, unless it is forced into public view by tragedies such as Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard by a man who told police that he was hearing voices shortly before he killed 12 people. In the area of school reform, the mental health of students has been ignored too, despite the irrefutable fact that sick kids have a hard, if not impossible, time learning in class. But the consequences of failing to address mental health issues in students goes well beyond academic problems, as a 2013 study reveals.Read full article >>