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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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New film recounts football team’s faith after integration

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new independent film recounts the faith and unity of a Birmingham high school football team in the years after integration and the movie’s co-director said he hopes its message resonates with current students and helps them realize the power of perseverance. Andrew Erwin, co-director of the film “Woodlawn,” was on … Continue reading

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Obama announces education commitments for Latino students

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrating Hispanics’ contribution to the nation, President Barack Obama said Thursday that America is made great “not by building walls, but by tearing down barriers to opportunity.” Obama spoke as the White House observed Hispanic Heritage Month. His remarks contrasted with concerns about immigration among some Republican presidential contenders. Front-runner Donald Trump … Continue reading

Students told to change out of clothes with Confederate flag
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Students told to change out of clothes with Confederate flag

BRUNSWICK, Md. (AP) — At least two students at a Maryland high school were asked to change out of clothes displaying the Confederate symbol. School district spokesman Michael Doerrer says the students at Brunswick High School wore the Confederate symbol Tuesday. The Frederick News-Post reports (http://bit.ly/1LtPU34 ) Tuesday also marked USA Day. During the event, … Continue reading

VCU police say razor blades found in 2 books at bookstore
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VCU police say razor blades found in 2 books at bookstore

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University police are investigating razor blades discovered in two books at a bookstore on campus. University police tell media outlets that students and staff have been alerted about the incidents. Police say employees at the Barnes & Nobles bookstore on the Monroe Park campus discovered a razor blade in … Continue reading

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Shenandoah University seeks dismissal of discrimination suit

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Shenandoah University says it didn’t discriminate against a former professor who was fired. The Winchester Star (http://bit.ly/1VU3iEk ) reports that the university and its board denied the allegations in their response to a lawsuit filed by Kriesta Watson of Ranson, West Virginia. The recent filing says Watson wasn’t meeting standards of … Continue reading

2 more colleges revoke honorary degrees given to Bill Cosby
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2 more colleges revoke honorary degrees given to Bill Cosby

BOSTON (AP) — Two more colleges announced Thursday they have rescinded honorary degrees given to Bill Cosby, adding to a growing list of schools distancing themselves from the entertainer embroiled in allegations of sexual assault. Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, said it withdrew an honorary doctorate of arts it conferred on Cosby in 2000, along … Continue reading

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Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to NY inmates

BOSTON (AP) — Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison where convicts can take courses taught by faculty from nearby Bard College, and where inmates have formed a popular debate … Continue reading

Oregon shooter’s mother wrote about guns in online forum
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Oregon shooter’s mother wrote about guns in online forum

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns and acknowledged in online posts that he struggled with autism, but she didn’t seem to know he was potentially violent. The online writings by Laurel Harper date from … Continue reading

2 globe-trotting college professors bring world to class
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2 globe-trotting college professors bring world to class

MIDDLETOWN, Va. (AP) — When Ann and Robert “Rob” Simpson took a group of Lord Fairfax Community College students to the Galapagos Islands for a three-weekeducational visit, their tour guide showed up in a mini skirt and go-go boots. “Wait a minute,” Ann Simpson recalled saying after realizing they had hired a tour guide who … Continue reading