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Alexandria school board considers letting students attend Thomas Jefferson

Alexandria school board considers letting students attend Thomas Jefferson

By Julia Brouillette School board members are weighing sending students to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, an elite magnet school that educates some of the region’s top scholars. Thomas Jefferson — or TJ, [...]

Seeing signs of success, school board re-approves longer days at Jefferson-Houston

Seeing signs of success, school board re-approves longer days at Jefferson-Houston

By Julia Brouillette  School board members believe longer days have made a difference at Jefferson-Houston in just a few months, so much so they voted overwhelmingly to keep them in place next year. Since November, students [...]

Authorities investigate T.C. teacher’s ‘inappropriate relations’ with students

Authorities investigate T.C. teacher’s ‘inappropriate relations’ with students

By Erich Wagner A male teacher at T.C. Williams has resigned in connection with an investigation into rumors that he had inappropriate relationships with multiple female students, administrators said. In a letter sent to parents Monday, [...]

T.C. junior launches sports website geared toward high school students

T.C. junior launches sports website geared toward high school students

By Jim McElhatton In the boardroom of a downtown D.C. law office recently, T.C. Williams junior Dagim Girma stood up in front of dozens of onlookers to sell his business plan for a website called The [...]

Officials break ground on new Jefferson-Houston

Officials break ground on new Jefferson-Houston

By Melissa Quinn Alexandria officials broke ground on the new Jefferson-Houston School on Tuesday, confident the state-of-the-art building will ease capacity woes plaguing the district. Jefferson-Houston, with a student body of 361, has faced low enrollment [...]

Titans limping into playoffs

Titans limping into playoffs

By Jim McElhatton One player suffered a concussion. Another had a torn tendon. Then there were all sorts of illnesses that kept various T.C. Williams boys lacrosse players sidelined for games this season: bronchitis, strep throat [...]

School board sends budget back to Alexandria city council

School board sends budget back to Alexandria city council

By Melissa Quinn Alexandria City Public Schools officials approved the combined funds budget for fiscal 2014 last month, taking into account City Manager Rashad Young’s $3 million proposed reduction. The $226.4 million operating budget is less [...]

ACPS mulls ditching enrollment lottery for focus programs

ACPS mulls ditching enrollment lottery for focus programs

By Melissa Quinn  Alexandria City Public Schools staff contemplated ending the lottery system for focus programs during a board meeting April 11, but members expressed reservations about the change. Families can apply for focus programs through [...]

Lawmakers hope to prevent Richmond from intervening at Jefferson-Houston

Lawmakers hope to prevent Richmond from intervening at Jefferson-Houston

By Melissa Quinn Legislators rejected Gov. Bob McDonnell’s tweaks to a bill creating the Opportunity Educational Institution, which could lead to a state takeover of Jefferson-Houston, during the General Assembly’s veto session earlier this month. McDonnell’s [...]

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 [...]