Warner, Portman introduce bill to increase college access for low-income students
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Warner, Portman introduce bill to increase college access for low-income students

Bipartisan legislation would let students earn college credit through Pell Grant program WASHINGTON—U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to make college more affordable for low-income students by letting them earn college credits while still in high school with the help of the Pell Grant program. The Go to … Continue reading

Campus Life / Lifestyle

Transgender students sue Pennsylvania district restroom rule

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Three transgender seniors at a Pennsylvania high school, including the oldest sibling of teen singing star Jackie Evancho, have sued their school district for making them use restrooms corresponding to their biological sex. The Pine-Richland School District in suburban Pittsburgh wasn’t commenting on the federal lawsuit filed Thursday in response to a … Continue reading

Virginia on-time high school graduation rate tops 91 percent
Education / Virginia

Virginia on-time high school graduation rate tops 91 percent

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday, Sept. 29, that over nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in 2012 earned a diploma within four years, and more than half graduated from high school with the Commonwealth’s most rigorous diploma, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported today. Of the 95,130 students … Continue reading

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11 freshmen victims in alleged Oregon hazing, coach charged

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A volunteer football coach and six players for a small town Oregon high school team face criminal charges for a hazing initiation in which 11 freshmen at a summer training camp had intimate parts of their bodies “aggressively targeted,” a prosecutor said Tuesday. The Philomath High School volunteer coach, Cooper Kikuta, … Continue reading

ACT scores show many grads not ready for college-level work
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ACT scores show many grads not ready for college-level work

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest scores from the ACT college entrance exam suggest many of this year’s high school graduates aren’t ready for college-level course work. In its annual score report released Wednesday, the testing company said only 38 percent of graduating seniors who took the exam hit the college-prepared benchmark in at least three … Continue reading

Scores sagging for high school grads taking ACT college test
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Scores sagging for high school grads taking ACT college test

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of this year’s high school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam, and their scores suggest that many remain unprepared for the rigors of college-level coursework. The testing company said Wednesday that only 38 percent of graduating seniors who took the exam hit the college-prepared benchmark in at least three … Continue reading

Editorial:  2014-15 NSUAA Alumna of the Year challenges the “Spartan Community”
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Editorial: 2014-15 NSUAA Alumna of the Year challenges the “Spartan Community”

Dear Spartan Echo Editor, After two seemingly long years of praying, waiting and hard work, members of the Norfolk State University community breathed a sigh of relief and sent praises to the Most High when Interim President and CEO Eddie N. Moore, Jr. announced that SACSCOC lifted the probation and NSU maintains full accreditation! We … Continue reading

Sen. Tim Kaine discusses education standards and sexual assault education
Local / Politics / Virginia

Sen. Tim Kaine discusses education standards and sexual assault education

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine spoke to the Spartan Echo on current issues relevant to education nationwide. Senator Kaine touched on many topics including his current works in the U.S. Senate, as well as campus safety, sexual assaults, and upcoming revisions to the No Child Left Behind Act. The senate is expected to pass the Every Student … Continue reading

Local / Virginia

Transgender student’s bid to again use boys restrooms denied

Transgender student’s bid to again use boys restrooms denied NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a bid by a transgender teenager to resume using the boys’ restrooms at his eastern Virginia high school. U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar in Norfolk on Friday denied the preliminary injunction sought by Gavin Grimm. The American Civil Liberties Union … Continue reading