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2 VCU students killed in falls; ruled accidental

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In separate incidents, two Virginia Commonwealth Universitystudents died in accidental falls. Richmond police say 25-year-old Benjamin G. Sykes died from a fall from elevated railroad tracks. The fall occurred Friday night. Sunday, 21-year-old Christopher J. Ducic was found unconscious on a city street. The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1LMV9tD) says an autopsy concluded … Continue reading

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School system to review safety protocols after class fire

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The Fairfax County school system announced it will suspend all open-flame experiments in science classrooms until further notice. Superintendent Karen K. Garza announced Monday the school system will thoroughly review its science curriculum and update safety protocols following a fire that broke out during a classroom demonstration on Friday at W.T. … Continue reading

US Supreme Court to hear law student’s redistricting case
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US Supreme Court to hear law student’s redistricting case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two things set first-year law student Stephen Shapiro apart from his classmates at American University in Washington. At 55, he’s old enough to be a father to most of his classmates. And on Wednesday a lawsuit he filed will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Shapiro’s case began with his frustration … Continue reading

Top South African university to re-open after protests
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Top South African university to re-open after protests

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of South Africa’s top universities will re-open Wednesday after reaching agreements with students whose protests against tuition hikes spread to other campuses, forcing the closure of universities around the country. The academic program and other activities will resume at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and students will be informed … Continue reading

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Teacher strike gives 6K Illinois kids month off from school

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Self-described computer geek Edgar Williams has a clear vision of his future: study electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or perhaps Caltech. But at a time when the soft-spoken sophomore should be engrossed in his studies at East St. Louis High School, he has to be content … Continue reading

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More Virginia public schools earn full accreditation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of Virginia public schools that have earned full accreditation has increased for the first time in five years, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration said Tuesday. More than 1,400, or 80 percent of all schools, are fully accredited for the 2015-2016 school year after meeting state benchmarks, Virginia’s Department of Education … Continue reading

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Higher ed panel seeking $300 million funding increase

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Aiming to slow the steady rise of tuition, Virginia’s coordinating body for higher education is recommending an additional $302 million in state support for public universities and colleges over the next two fiscal years. On Tuesday, the State Council of Higher Education sent its funding guidance to Gov. Terry McAuliffe and … Continue reading

Muhlenberg rescinds honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby
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Muhlenberg rescinds honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Muhlenberg College has become the latest school to rescind an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby following renewed accusations of sexual assault against the entertainer. Faculty, staff and students at the eastern Pennsylvania college were told in an email Tuesday that the board of trustees had voted Friday to revoke the … Continue reading

The Latest: District leaders talk about arrest of student
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The Latest: District leaders talk about arrest of student

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the confrontation between a South Carolina deputy and a student recorded on cellphone video (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The board chairman for Richland County School District 2 says the video of the arrest of a female student was “shamefully shocking.” Chairman James Manning spoke … Continue reading

Indiana University expels student in attack on Muslim woman
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Indiana University expels student in attack on Muslim woman

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University has expelled a 19-year-old sophomore accused of attacking Muslim woman over the weekend, trying to remove her headscarf and shouting racial slurs, a school official said Tuesday, October 13. School spokesman Mark Land said IU’s dean of students “dismissed” Triceten D. Bickford on Monday night as a “direct result of … Continue reading

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Salem educator is Virginia’s 2016 teacher of the year

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s 2016 teacher of the year is a fifth-grade educator in Salem. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Natalie DiFusco-Funk’s selection Monday night. The governor called her “the best of the best.” DiFusco-Funk is a 12-year classroom veteran who teaches at West Salem Elementary School. She earned her master’s in education at Boston … Continue reading

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Virginia State University interim president leaving Dec. 31

ETTRICK, Va. (AP) — The interim president at Virginia State University has withdrawn as a candidate for consideration by a search committee. The Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1NQwLe6) reports that Pamela V. Hammond also says she will not stay on at the Ettrick campus past Dec. 31. Hammond was hired after President Keith Miller resigned late last year … Continue reading

South African students protest planned tuition fee hikes
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South African students protest planned tuition fee hikes

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Chanting protesters, including medical students with stethoscopes around their necks, demonstrated against planned increases in tuition fees at a number of top South African universities on Monday, blocking roads and entrances and causing the suspension of classes on some campuses. “No to fee increase!” screamed students during a rally at the University … Continue reading

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Orientation set for new college board members

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — New members of Virginia public universities’ governing boards are learning the ropes this week. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is conducting its orientation for recent appointees Tuesday and Wednesday. State law requires new board members to attend orientation within two years of their appointment. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is scheduled … Continue reading

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Government tightens payments to for-profit college ITT Tech

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Education Department officials are placing new limits on federal student aid administered by struggling for-profit college chain ITT EducationalServices, which serves about 50,000 students in 27 states. The move comes after the government determined that ITT was failing to comply with previous orders to improve its financial controls. ITT has not … Continue reading