Archive for 'Education'

Call the roll

Call the roll

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When Alexandria students return to school next month, they will notice a few fresh faces greeting them at the doors. Five new principals will make their debuts when the bulk of [...]

Education reformer blasts state officials after release of latest standardized test scores

Education reformer blasts state officials after release of latest standardized test scores

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau FREDERICKSBURG — Hours after Virginia released a mixed bag of standardized test scores, a national education expert called for the firing of the state superintendent of instruction and charged that families [...]

State test results present mixed bag to local school officials

State test results present mixed bag to local school officials

By Erich Wagner While officials are pleased with recent progress at the embattled Jefferson-Houston School, newly released Standards of Learning test results suggest the institution will be denied — once again — state accreditation. The Virginia [...]

Jefferson-Houston parents seek grant dollars

Jefferson-Houston parents seek grant dollars

By Julia Brouillette (File Photo) Jefferson-Houston’s Parent Teacher Association is hoping to secure a $10,000 grant from a local nonprofit for afterschool activities and a planned summer learning program called All About Alexandria. Helen Morris, who [...]

Cora Kelly playground finally opens

Cora Kelly playground finally opens

By Julia Brouillette An excited crowd of Cora Kelly students and staff gathered behind the school for the unveiling of their long-awaited new playground June 19. Work on the playground, which has spent years in planning, [...]

Krupicka, Saslaw honored for focus on education

Krupicka, Saslaw honored for focus on education

The Virginia Education Association named Delegate Rob Krupicka (D-45) Rookie of the Year for his efforts to support public schools and teachers during his first General Assembly session. The former state Board of Education member and [...]

State takeover bill fails in General Assembly

State takeover bill fails in General Assembly

By Melissa Quinn Lawmakers in Richmond rejected Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendments to a bill creating the Opportunity Educational Institution during the General Assembly’s veto sessions yesterday. McDonnell’s changes — which included an additional $450,00 in funding [...]

Richmond poised to intervene in local schools

Richmond poised to intervene in local schools

By Melissa Quinn After weeks of anticipation — particularly in Alexandria — Gov. Bob McDonnell has amended his Opportunity Educational Institution proposal, putting the possibility of the state taking over failing schools one step closer to [...]

T.C. Williams students ‘kick butts’

T.C. Williams students ‘kick butts’

By Melissa Quinn As T.C. Williams students gathered to raise awareness over the prevalence of tobacco and alcohol advertisements last week, they were greeted by 177 bright flags stuck in the ground. The display served as [...]

City Hall eyes hiking real estate taxes

City Hall eyes hiking real estate taxes

By Melissa Quinn Property owners may want to start thinking about tightening their belts with city officials weighing hiking real estate tax rates by 5.5 cents. City Manager Rashad Young unveiled the proposed $626.6 million fiscal [...]