Archive for 'Education'

School budget gap could affect instruction

School budget gap could affect instruction

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When Superintendent Alvin Crawley unveiled his $252.8 million budget for Alexandria City Public Schools in January, he warned that the district’s belt was as tight as it could get. “If we [...]

SOL reform receives passing marks

SOL reform receives passing marks

By Erich Wagner (File photo) State officials want public school students spending more time learning and less time preparing for standardized tests, a move that has parents and teachers hopeful. The House of Delegates last week [...]

Familiar face tapped as ACPS superintendent

Familiar face tapped as ACPS superintendent

By Erich Wagner (File photo) The Alexandria City School Board revealed last week that interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley will helm the public school district on a permanent basis. Crawley began overseeing Alexandria City Public Schools in [...]

Two-school solution

Two-school solution

By Erich Wagner (File photo) A scant few years after educational officials broke the city’s two middle schools up into five entities, the experiment looks close to an end. The Alexandria City School Board is considering [...]

Back on schedule

Back on schedule

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Students at Mount Vernon Community School will get an extra month of summer vacation this year, with the institution reverting back to a traditional schedule. While the school’s year-round calendar was [...]

First lady helps T.C. students with college aid applications

First lady helps T.C. students with college aid applications

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) First lady Michelle Obama swung by T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning to help seniors with their federal financial aid applications. She also offered a few words of encouragement. “Too [...]

Crawley proposes $250 million schools budget

Crawley proposes $250 million schools budget

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley said that with student enrollment in Alexandria expected to spike in the coming year, even a multi-million dollar increase over last year’s appropriation from City Hall still [...]

Let there be light?

Let there be light?

By Erich Wagner (File photo) As the Alexandria City Council prepared to approve lights at planned tennis courts at T.C. Williams last month, Mayor Bill Euille floated the idea of ending the night football game drought [...]

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 [...]