Tue January 27, 2015
School Seclusion-Restraint

Va. Senate votes to rein in seclusion, restraint in schools

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate wants to rein in seclusion and restraint used as disciplinary measures in public schools.

The 35-4 vote Tuesday follows accounts of children as young as kindergarten being restrained by several adults, locked away in segregation, and emerging with bruises and broken bones, all in response to minor misbehavior. In some cases, parents said they weren't told what occurred.

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Mon January 26, 2015
School Tests

Further reduction in school tests advances in Va. Senate

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A further reduction in high-stakes standardized tests taken by Virginia schoolchildren is advancing in the Virginia Senate.

On a 3-2 vote Monday, a subcommittee approved a bill from Sen. John Miller that would reduce the number of Standards of Learning tests to the minimum required by federal law within three years.

Miller says the number of required tests reached as high as 34 before being reduced to 29 by the General Assembly last year. The Newport News Democrat says his bill would cut the number of required tests in grades 3-8 to 14.

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Tue January 20, 2015

Maryland state universities raising tuition at mid-year

BALTIMORE (AP) — New and returning students at several Maryland public universities will have to dig a little deeper for tuition.

The University of Maryland at College Park, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University and Towson University are all implementing tuition increases of 2 percent for the spring semester starting Jan. 26.

The university system's Board of Regents voted Friday to allow the increases.

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Fri January 16, 2015
umes-budget shortfall

UMES continues hiring freeze in face of budget shorfall

Credit UMES

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -– In response to the $40.3 million cut to the University System of Maryland budget announced last week by the state Board of Public Works, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will continue a hiring freeze, with unfilled jobs remaining vacant through June 30.

In addition, UMES’ share of the reduction will be met by suspending planned maintenance as well as expenditures on facilities upgrades.

Classroom instruction and emergency maintenance needs will not be affected by the mid-year spending cuts, UMES administrators said.

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Fri January 16, 2015
Virginia State University

Already struggling, VSU learns of enrollment decline

ETTRICK, Va. (AP) — Virginia State University has seen another sharp decline in enrollment, and the revenue the students would bring to the campus.

As a result, interim President Pamela V. Hammond will have to make up a loss of between $2.1 million and $3.4 million, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch (

Meeting Thursday, the school's board of visitors learned that spring enrollment could be short between 379 and 629 students. The exact number should be known by the end of next week.

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