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Increasing local control
Helping mothers find hope
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Increasing local control
Efficiency the goal of decentralization

By Dan Heuchert

Decentralization. Privatization. All these “-ations” — what do they really mean? Decentralization — a general movement aimed at gaining more local control over the business of the University, in the name of efficiency and perhaps cost-savings — has been under way for some time, and now may be gaining momentum. But University officials insist that privatization — severing all ties between the Commonwealth and the University — runs counter to Thomas Jefferson’s founding philosophy, would be prohibitively expensive, and is not in the cards.

Basically, it comes down to this: As Virginia’s contribution becomes a smaller and smaller percentage of U.Va.’s budget — it’s projected to account for just 8.1 percent of all revenue in the fiscal year that starts next month — the University is seeking more freedom to act on its own without approval from Richmond, while still remaining accountable for its decisions. Full story.


Casteen: Affirmative action rulings consistent with U.Va.’s policy

Staff Report

As legal scholars pored over Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions upholding the use of race as a factor in university admissions, U.Va. President John T. Casteen III said the rulings appear to match the University’s admissions policies.

In separate cases involving University of Michigan’s undergraduate and law school admission processes, the court issued a narrow 5-4 decision that allows schools to continue to take the race of an applicant into consideration in the interest of building a diverse student body. However, the Court voted 6-3 to strike down the Michigan undergraduate admission office’s use of a system of awarding a set number of bonus points for membership in an underrepresented minority, holding that an applicant’s racial status must be considered on a case-by-case basis. Full story.


Fluvanna inmates Linda and Yvette (braided hair) hug as part of a role-playing scenario, while other prisoners (from left) Linda, Janet, Tracy, Charalee and Bridget observe the skit as part of a parenting training session.
Fluvanna inmates Linda and Yvette (braided hair) hug as part of a role-playing scenario, while other prisoners (from left) Linda, Janet, Tracy, Charalee and Bridget observe the skit as part of a parenting training session. These women are participants in the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program and were to put their training into practice when they met with their children June 28 at the prison.


Helping mothers find hope
Girl Scouts, U.Va. psychologist help inmates become better mothers


By Anne Bromley

When she was in fifth grade, “Turtle” bore a child. Later, when she was in her teens, Turtle took another wrong turn by helping two other women murder another girl who they thought betrayed them.

Now, at age 20, Turtle is in prison for life.

But despite the restrictions of incarceration, Turtle has developed a loving relationship with her daughter, thanks to a collaborative program of the Girl Scouts and the Fluvanna Correctional Center. Turtle even volunteers in the program and has learned to express her creativity, said Sarah Dansey, service area manager for Girl Scouts. Full story.

 

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News Publications Editor
Dan Heuchert

News Graphics Editor
Rebecca Arrington

Senior Editor
Anne Bromley

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Carol Wood

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