- How are those pandemic learning pods doing?
- > Feb 26, 7:30 AM: Last summer there was a lot of uncertainty about schools opening — and about how learning would happen. Allison Fried in Fairfax, Virginia, certainly felt that. So, as her oldest daughter was about to start kindergarten,
- Northam’s push to reopen schools meets sharp criticism in Portsmouth as board mulls a proposed return
- Feb 26, 6:50 AM: Portsmouth elementary and middle school students could return to the classroom in April, but high school students would finish the year virtually under a new plan presented Thursday.
- Virginia’s General Assembly moves closer to mandating in-person instruction by this summer
- > Feb 23, 8:00 AM: When Virginia senators passed a bill requiring local school divisions to provide in-person instruction by the summer, some anticipated the legislation would face an uphill battle in the House. Nearly a month later, though,
- Virginia Democrats to unveil plan to reopen schools as political pressure mounts
- > Feb 15, 10:22 AM: Democrats in the House of Delegates are set to unveil legislation on Monday to get students across Virginia back into public school classrooms by summer, signaling a way forward for a topic that has become increasingly
- Arlington sets date for return to classrooms after weeks of delay
- > Feb 10, 8:28 AM: After weeks of delays, Arlington Public Schools on Tuesday set a March timeline for returning students of all grade levels to classrooms for two days of in-person instruction each week. The decision, which follows similar
- Richmond schools officials cite 'significant concerns' about reopening buildings by Gov. Northam's March 15 deadline
- Feb 10, 6:29 AM: Richmond Public Schools leaders aren’t optimistic that they can meet Gov. Ralph Northam’s request to open schools to students by March 15.
- Even with some students back in classroom, in-person learning won’t ‘return to normal’
- > Feb 9, 6:25 AM: Now, as school boards move toward a phased return of in-person learning, some parents are learning that while socially distanced students will be in their school buildings — generally two days per week — the experience
- Governor: ‘Time to find path forward to in-person learning’
- > Feb 8, 6:40 AM: In an effort to address learning loss and other mental and behavioral health issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam has called for the state’s school divisions to have in-person learning options
- Opinion: We shouldn’t be afraid to innovate with education choices
- Jan 26, 6:36 AM: If COVID-19 has left us with one lesson for education, it’s that innovation isn’t optional — we must be willing to put new opportunities in families’ hands.
- Parents, students rally for Arlington schools to fully reopen
- Jan 25, 8:37 AM: As those schools sit waiting for the majority of their 29,000 students (pre COVID-19) to return to campus, Arlington Parents for Education is pushing for in-person instruction now.
- Fairfax Co. parent group unsure if schools will commit to latest reopening plan
- > Jan 25, 8:28 AM: The proposed reopening plan for Fairfax County schools in Virginia has been released, but it’s not sitting well with parents who believe a return to in-person classes should be an option for families who want it.
- Bill to give vouchers for remote-only students fails in House
- Jan 21, 7:25 AM: A House subcommittee rejected legislation on Friday that would provide financial vouchers to families of students within public-school districts that solely provide remote instruction.
- Most Virginians support state aid for school-choice opportunities during pandemic
- > 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
- English learners in Virginia being asked to come to school to take standardized test
- > 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
- Virginia considers year-round schooling starting next school year
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- > 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.
- > 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.
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