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Diversity: ‘It’s time to face facts’
Revolutionizing teacher ed
War — voices raised, alert high
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Diversity: ‘It’s time to face facts’
Board members want special committee

Hundreds of concerned community members marched from several locations on Grounds March 12 and met on the steps of the Rotunda for a candlelight vigil to stress the need for greater diversity at the University.

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Hundreds of concerned community members marched from several locations on Grounds March 12 and met on the steps of the Rotunda for a candlelight vigil to stress the need for greater diversity at the University.

Staff Report

From hundreds massed for a candlelight vigil to members of the Board of Visitors meeting in committee, voices around the University have continued the call to address U.Va.’s need for greater diversity.

Board members had discussed diversity before Feb. 26, when a candidate for Student Council reported a racially motivated assault. But the attack clearly provided the impetus for action at a special meeting on Monday, March 24. Full story.


Revolutionizing teacher ed

By Anne Bromley

The U.S. president wants results. Governors, their departments of education, local communities and other groups want results. Federal policies and state standards of learning set the stage for results. Yet, such mandates to improve the academic performance of children tend to overlook one element — teachers.

The exodus of new teachers has become a big problem, with newcomers leaving the profession almost as fast as they’re joining it. They cite inadequate preparation and mentoring among their top reasons. According to the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, 46 percent of teachers leave within five years, 24 percent within the first two. Full story.


War — voices raised, alert high

Staff Report

The University community has joined the rest of the nation in moving to a higher state of alert and voicing strong opinions about the war being waged in Iraq.

Last week’s move to level “orange,” the second-highest alert status, was in sync with the federal government’s upgrade on March 18 and followed a path similar to an earlier “Code Orange” status on Feb. 7. Full story.

 

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Dan Heuchert

News Graphics Editor
Rebecca Arrington

Senior Editor
Anne Bromley

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Carol Wood

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Jane Ford
Lee Graves
Katherine Thompson Jackson
Matt Kelly
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