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Most Virginians support state aid for school-choice opportunities during pandemic
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Jan 14, 6:35 AM: With public schools in Virginia failing to offer in-person classes five days a week, a majority of residents support measures for the state to provide financial support for parents who have opted to enroll their students in >
English learners in Virginia being asked to come to school to take standardized test
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Jan 12, 7:08 AM: The Virginia Department of Education is asking English language learners to take a federally mandated English proficiency test in person. But as COVID-19 cases hit record highs in Virginia, some teachers say that any in-person >
Virginia considers year-round schooling starting next school year
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Jan 11, 6:56 AM: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said year-round schooling is one of the options on the table to help students who have fallen behind with at-home learning.
COMMENTARY: Confronting educational inequity
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Jan 6, 6:17 AM: Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed a statewide symposium on educational inequity. This is a very timely idea, although educational inequity is not just a Virginia problem.
Parent suing Virginia school system over lack of in-person learning options
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Jan 5, 6:49 AM: The Arlington Public School System will soon be facing a lawsuit over the lack of in-person learning options. This comes almost 300 days after schools stopped offering in-school learning.
Parent suing school system over lack of in-person learning options
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Jan 4, 6:40 AM: The Arlington Public School System will soon be facing a lawsuit over the lack of in-person learning options. This comes almost 300 days after schools stopped offering in-school learning.
'Kids are not pawns': Fairfax Co. parents angry about organized teacher mental health day
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Dec 21, 8:38 AM: Liberty Justice Center sent the Fairfax Education Association (FEA), the county’s largest teachers union, a letter warning further legal action if they take another ‘organized’ mental health day.
Column: Parents fear kids aren’t learning. They’re right.
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Dec 21, 8:32 AM: A new poll from Christopher Newport University found that 75% of Virginia parents are worried their children are falling behind in school because of disruptions caused by COVID-19. More than half (53%) are “very worried.
The pandemic almost closed Portsmouth’s only Catholic school. But its community stepped up.
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Dec 21, 8:07 AM: The school went virtual in the spring then decided to reduce class sizes, require masks and institute social distancing rules to welcome students back into the building for the school year that started in August.
Enrollment decline at Virginia public schools could have impact on state funding
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Dec 21, 6:35 AM: Public school enrollment in this pandemic-riddled school year has dropped about 3.5% in Virginia, which could create a funding challenge for schools that Gov. Ralph Northam is trying to solve through a budget amendment.
Arlington students are failing at higher rates. The most vulnerable are struggling most
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Dec 18, 8:22 AM: Students in Arlington Public Schools are failing classes at a higher rate during the pandemic, newly released data show, and the most vulnerable students are struggling most.
Letter: Parent seeks legislation for school choice
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Dec 17, 6:38 AM:

Therefore, we appeal to our legislators and beg you provide help. Please pass school choice. Our children's education, and mental and physical health are too important. We need help and so do many Virginia residents who are paying >

Parents express frustration by holding sit-in at LCS work session
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Dec 16, 7:50 AM: Andrew Glover acts as the head of the Conservative Parents of Lynchburg group. Glover said that because the meeting was open to the public, they weren't doing anything illegal. He says the group was protesting the board's decision >
Virginia Education Association calls for classrooms to close across the state as COVID cases spike, governor levies new restrictions
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Dec 11, 7:33 AM: The group, which represents more than 40,000 school workers, is calling for learning to go virtual in school systems where classrooms remain open through at least mid-January as cases continue to climb.
Parents protest online classes by refusing to give aid forms
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Dec 8, 9:12 AM: A small group of parents is saying they won’t return federal aid forms to school districts in Virginia, jeopardizing the funds the schools will receive next school year as a protest against virtual classes.
Montgomery County school board puts off vote on in-person instruction
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Dec 4, 8:45 AM: The Montgomery County school board voted Thursday to delay the decision to phase in in-person instruction until their next meeting, on Dec. 15.
Virginia lawmaker pushes for bill offering education vouchers
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Dec 3, 7:08 AM: A Virginia lawmaker is looking to give parents more flexibility – if local schools don’t offer in-person education.
Alexandria School Chief Transfers Kid to Private School
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Dec 3, 6:10 AM: His decision, in the wake of school closings, speaks to his lack of faith in remote learning. And it shows that he has no fear that in-person learning will have an adverse impact on the health of his child or his family.
Editorial: Our lack of vision is failing students
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Dec 1, 7:52 AM: To salvage the current school year and invest in our children’s future, we need more creative, unconventional solutions to this crisis. Every and all options should be on the table, yet here we are forcing binary choices — open or >
Failing grades spike in Virginia’s largest school system as online learning gap emerges nationwide
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Nov 25, 9:58 AM: A report on student grades from one of the nation’s largest school districts offers some of the first concrete evidence that online learning is forcing a striking drop in students’ academic performance, and that the most vulnerable >

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