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Listen for Learning Curve between 7:33 a.m. and 7:44 a.m. every other Wednesday during NPR’s Morning Edition and again at 4:50 p.m. during NPR’s All Things Considered. Hosted by 88.9 WCVE Producer Catherine Komp.

Some Progress, Many Challenges in United Way Assessment of Greater Richmond Education

Central Virginia is seeing progress with some educational benchmarks, according to this year’s “Community Indicators of Strength.”

The report by the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg highlights the increase in on-time graduation rates and the number of adults with high school diplomas.

But the region is struggling in others areas. Learning Curve’s Catherine Komp has more.

Some Progress on Virginia Task Force Recommendations to Combat Sexual Assault on Campus

In 2014, students reported 44 rapes at the University of Virginia. At the much smaller campus of the University of Richmond, 10 rapes were reported. There were 7 at Christopher Newport University and 9 at Longwood.

The numbers are from crime data submitted by institutions to the U.S. Department of Education and may not reflect the full scope of sexual violence on campus.

Questions for Richmond Candidates on Poverty and Education

With more than 60 candidates running for Richmond’s school board, city council and mayor, Voices for Virginia’s Children saw an opportunity. They wanted candidates and the public to talk more about Richmond’s high rates of child poverty, about 41%, and how this connects to educational achievement. The non-profit group doesn’t endorse specific candidates.


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