Archive for 'Education'

Remembering Alexandria’s civil rights leader

Remembering Alexandria’s civil rights leader

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) More than a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus and a generation before the greatest gains of the civil rights movement, an [...]

ACPS fee hike forces cancellation of Little League winter clinic

ACPS fee hike forces cancellation of Little League winter clinic

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Young ballplayers will have nowhere to brush up on the fundamentals this winter. Alexandria Little League canceled its offseason baseball clinic after a public school gym raised rental fees by five [...]

Krupicka wants funding removed for Opportunity Educational Institution

Krupicka wants funding removed for Opportunity Educational Institution

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Delegate Rob Krupicka (D-45) said that he — like other Democratic legislators — will fight the controversial Opportunity Educational Institution, a newly formed state agency tasked with taking over failing schools. [...]

The sweetest experience

The sweetest experience

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Paul Taylor) Years of hard work paid off for the T.C. Williams marching band as they trekked to New Orleans for a halftime show performance at the Sugar Bowl on January 2. T.C. [...]

Lights at T.C. spark debate

Lights at T.C. spark debate

By Erich Wagner (File photo) A decades-old source of tension between officials and Seminary Hill residents over athletic facilities flared up Saturday when city council approved lighting for future tennis courts at T.C. Williams. At a [...]

New superintendent must bring stability, parents say

New superintendent must bring stability, parents say

By Erich Wagner (File photo) The number of parents who trekked to a community forum on the school district’s superintendent search Tuesday could be counted on one hand, but those who did show up stressed they [...]

Former T.C. teacher admits making sexual advances toward students

Former T.C. teacher admits making sexual advances toward students

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Stephen Miarer, a former T.C. Williams teacher embroiled in allegations that he had inappropriate relationships with female students, pleaded guilty November 2 to related charges. Alexandria City Public Schools removed Miarer [...]

Achievement gap appears in SAT scores

Achievement gap appears in SAT scores

By Anna Harris (Image/Ashleigh Carter) More of last year’s public high school seniors took the Scholastic Aptitude Test than in recent memory, but educators remain concerned about the achievement gap between white students and their minority [...]

Shake-up of ACPS capital projects draws scrutiny

Shake-up of ACPS capital projects draws scrutiny

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City councilors prodded Alexandria City Public Schools officials about proposed changes to its capital improvement budget last month, in light of news that board members are eliminating a few projects altogether. [...]

Welcoming state intervention at Jefferson-Houston

Welcoming state intervention at Jefferson-Houston

By Erich Wagner (File photo) While city and education officials stand united in opposition to a state takeover of the struggling Jefferson-Houston School, more than a few parents and residents are leaning toward it. During a [...]