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Failing grades spike in Virginia’s largest school system as online learning gap emerges nationwide
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 >
As Virginia routes more students with disabilities to private schools, costs are soaring
Nov 19, 7:08 AM: Virginia places more students with disabilities outside their local public schools than 37 other states — a trend that’s dramatically increased spending on specialized private schools over the past decade. >
Fairfax delays in-person instruction as Virginia teachers’ groups ask Northam to return state to all-virtual school
Nov 17, 8:19 AM: Virginia’s largest school system is pausing plans to return thousands of children to classrooms — an announcement that came the same day Northern Virginia teachers’ unions urged Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to switch the state >
Northern Virginia Teachers Push to Halt In-person Classes
Nov 17, 7:57 AM: The region’s teacher advocacy groups, including the Loudoun Education Association, are calling for a pause on returning students to the classroom amid spiking COVID-19 cases.
School system faces possible teacher ‘sick out’ as more students return
Nov 9, 8:21 AM: Organized labor stoppages by public employees are prohibited under Virginia law, but hundreds of Chesterfield teachers planned to call in sick March 13 – as part of a push for better pay and more spending on K-12 education >
Opinion: Virginia’s leaders are failing our children
Oct 30, 7:39 AM: Hundreds of thousands of students in Virginia are unable to receive an adequate education. Students are sitting in kitchens watching subpar virtual learning four days a week while overstressed parents do their best to >
'Not getting the education we signed up for': Fairfax parents react to teacher concerns
Oct 30, 7:19 AM: The group wants students learning in-person five days a week because they believe that is best for them emotionally, mentally, academically, and socially.
No word how many FCPS teachers called out sick after association calls for ‘mental health day’
Oct 29, 6:32 AM: A teachers’ association urged teachers in Fairfax County Public Schools to call in sick Wednesday.
‘Hung out to dry’: School boards, not the state, are deciding how to reopen, sparking fierce local debates
Oct 28, 6:24 AM: Emails between VDOE and local school divisions, obtained by the Mercury through a Freedom of Information Act request, show that politicization of school reopenings and uncertainty over how local administrators should >
Powhatan full virtual sees ups and downs in first 9 weeks
Oct 28, 6:21 AM: Almost everything about having 20 percent of Powhatan County Public Schools students receiving their education virtually has been a learning experience on all fronts.
Fairfax County teachers' union asks district to remain virtual for entire school year
Oct 21, 6:35 AM: A day after the Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent hosted a town hall detailing return to classroom plans, a teachers' union sent a letter requesting the district remain 100% virtual for the rest of the school >
Roanoke County School Board considers outside-the-box ideas for classroom options
Oct 16, 5:56 AM: Going to class at Tanglewood Mall? That was one of the ideas floated Thursday to the Roanoke County School Board. Board members had a lengthy discussion about what next steps they may be able to take to eventually send >
Charter school options presented as way to keep Sabillasville Elementary open
Oct 15, 5:47 AM: Nearly a year after closing Sabillasville Elementary School seemed imminent, the Frederick County school board is now considering several alternatives, including turning it into a charter school.
Local parents abandon public schools as they worry about children mental well-being, childcare, virtual learning
Oct 13, 7:47 AM: Former Albemarle County Public Schools parent Kelsey Parente said she has lost confidence in the public school system due to the way education plans were handled around the novel coronavirus.
K-12 schools will receive additional $220 million in federal aid, Northam announces
Oct 9, 7:38 AM: Virginia school divisions will receive $220 million of additional funding toward operating schools during the COVID-19 pandemic from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act, Gov. Ralph Northam >
Child-sized coffins in Prince William teachers' protest caravan spark outrage
Oct 9, 7:32 AM: The Prince William Education Association organized a protest caravan of nearly 100 vehicles Wednesday evening from Colgan High School to the nearby school board meeting -- with two of the cars topped with child-sized >
Fairfax County teachers union again calls for delay in resuming in-person learning
Oct 7, 7:46 AM: Fairfax County Public Schools said it’s ready to safely bring back special education students and English language learners — about 3.5% of its nearly 188,000 students.
Fairfax County teachers must decide today: take unpaid leave, resign or return to school
Oct 6, 7:53 AM: About 700 Fairfax County Public School teachers have until 4:30 pm to decide if they will return to in-person work, take an unpaid leave of absence or resign. The Fairfax County teacher’s union has surveyed 1,300 and plans >
Albemarle Co. charter school educator awarded for bringing innovation into the classroom
Oct 6, 6:32 AM: An educator at the Community Charter Middle School (CCMS) in Albemarle County is being recognized for his commitment to innovation in the classroom, but his students say he’s much more than their teacher. >
Parents hold rally against virtual learning in Loudoun Co. School Board parking lot
Sep 23, 6:07 AM: On Tuesday afternoon, a group of Loudoun County parents gathered in the parking lot of the administration building for Loudoun County Public Schools to express their frustrations with virtual learning.



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