Tovia Smith

Tovia Smith appears in the following:

Trump Administration Defends Campus Sexual Assault Rules

Friday, July 20, 2018

Government lawyers were in federal court Thursday for a hearing in a lawsuit over guidelines that would allow schools to demand a higher standard of evidence, making it tougher to prove an assault.


With A Midweek Holiday, Marking A Revolution With Moderation

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Celebrating the Fourth of July is a serious predicament for some when it falls on a Wednesday. It's hard to enjoy barbecues and fireworks when you have to be at work at 9 the next morning.


More States Opting To 'Robo-Grade' Student Essays By Computer

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Developers say they understand why teachers would be skeptical. But, they insist, computers already drive cars and detect cancer, so they can certainly handle grading students' essays.


NFL Players Move Their Protests Off The Field, Grilling DA Candidates

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

"The anthem had its role," says Patriots player Devin McCourty. "But I think, if we just took a knee every Sunday ... would anything change in the communities? I don't think so."


Boston Changes 'Yawkey Way' To 'Jersey Street' After Concerns Over Racist Legacy

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Red Sox called for the change to distance themselves from former owner Tom Yawkey's era of racial discrimination. Others argue that he redeemed himself.


Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At 92

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Barbara Pierce Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92. Her death was confirmed by a family spokesman. She promoted reading skills across America and was also a best-selling author.


Sharing Lessons Of Resilience, 5 Years After The Boston Bombing

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Roseann Sdoia lost her right leg in the 2013 marathon bombing. She now works to empower others facing challenges because she so vividly remembers being "in those shoes."


Boston Marks 5 Years Since Marathon Bombing

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing is planning to spend today's fifth anniversary mourning her injuries and counting her blessings. She met her husband because of the bombing.


Students Get Mixed Messages On Whether Protesting Will Get Them In Trouble

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Some school administrators are being criticized for cracking down on students rallying for gun control, but many colleges are sending them messages of support.


A School's Way To Fight Phones In Class: Lock 'Em Up

Thursday, January 11, 2018

At a Boston charter school, administrators take students' phones and lock them in a soft pouch until the end of the day. "It sucks," grumbles one student.


Bernard Law, Former Archbishop Of Boston, Dies In Rome At 86

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Once considered among the most influential prelates in America, the archbishop was forced to resign amid the church's growing sex abuse scandal, which indelibly stained his reputation.


Scientists Work To Stop Violence After Losing Their Child In Newtown

Monday, December 11, 2017

After losing their child in the Newtown shooting five years ago, two scientists are working to identify the neurological roots of violence and antisocial behavior.


When It Comes To Sexual Harassment Claims, Whose Side Is HR Really On?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Many employees feel that when it comes to sexual harassment claims, human resources departments work "for the company, rather than for the employees."


Harassment Scandals Shine Spotlight On Confidentiality Clauses

Monday, October 30, 2017

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, some states are considering barring nondisclosure agreements in the settlement of claims.


Is There A 'Better Way' To Handle Campus Sexual Assault?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be using some compromise plans devised by outside groups as a model for balancing the rights of alleged victims and accused students.


Betsy DeVos Signals Rollback Of Obama Policies On Campus Sexual Assault

Thursday, September 07, 2017

The education secretary has signaled she wants to make significant changes to how schools handle allegations, to ensure the process is fair to accused students.


For 22 Years, Boston Arena Broke Promise To Hold 3 Fundraisers A Year

Thursday, August 17, 2017

As part of the deal to build TD Garden, its owner agreed to hold at least three charity events a year to support youth recreation. The teens are demanding that the Garden now pay millions.


Jewish Leaders Say Anti-Semitism Around The Nation Is A Disturbing Trend

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The American Jewish community has been unsettled by the re-emergence of vocal anti-Semitism, largely believed to be a feature of the nation's past.


New Campaign Teaches How To Help When A Muslim Is Harassed

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The city of Boston has started a campaign to encourage bystanders to not just "say something" to authorities but to do something themselves.


After Assault, Some Campuses Focus On Healing Over Punishment

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

College and university administrators are increasingly open to the concept of "restorative justice," becoming less dismissive of the idea that it's too soft on sexual assault.