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Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM
By Carissa DiMargo

McDonnell Signs A-F School Grading Bill

McDonnell Signs A-F School Grading Bill

Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a number of bills Friday to reform public schools in Virginia, part of his ALL STUDENTS initiative. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM
By Bob Lewis

Va. Senate Panel Sacks Tebow Bill Again

Va. Senate Panel Sacks Tebow Bill Again

The so-called Tebow bill -- legislation that would allow home-schooled children to play varsity sports for teams at public schools they choose not to attend -- was thrown for a loss in Virginia's Senate. Read »

Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Virginia House Passes Bill to Grade Schools From A to F

The House of Delegates passed legislation that would assign letter grades to public schools in Virginia just as teachers grade students from A to F. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM
By Julie Carey

Va. School Safety Task Force Makes Recommendations

The idea of giving guns to teachers or other staff members is not off the table for Virginia’s School and Campus Safety Task Force. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM
By Tom Sherwood

D.C. School Closings Opponents Threaten Suit

Activists in the District are threatening to sue the city school system. Read »

Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM
By Tom Sherwood

Emotional Issues for DCPS to Consider

A final list of public school closings will be announced in two weeks, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said, but that’s just one of the major decisions to dramatically affect parents in the coming... Read »

Thursday, Dec 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Va. GOP Leaders Back Additional School Officers

Va. GOP Leaders Back Additional School Officers

Republican legislative leaders said Thursday that they will propose funding to put more safety officers in Virginia elementary schools. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM
By Chris Gordon

More Gun Control or More Guns in School?

The mass shooting last week in Connecticut has renewed the national debate for more gun control. Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM
By Julie Carey

Boundary Study for Easing Overcrowding at Fairfax High

The Fairfax County School Board is studying how to ease overcrowding at Fairfax High School and some of its neighbors. Read »

Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM
By Julie Carey

Ryan Focuses on Economy, Defense in Virginia

Demonstrating how important Virginia voters will be on Election Day, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has spent more days in the commonwealth than any other battleground state since presidential candidate... Read »

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