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April 17, 2018
Albemarle County school officials met with Del. David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, on Tuesday to contribute to the Virginia House of Delegates’ ongoing study of school safety issues. Toscano is a member of the House Select Committee on School Safety. Established in March in response to a mass shooting at Marjory ...
April 15, 2018
As the Charlottesville region seeks to increase the inventory of affordable housing units, members of the city’s emerging green-energy sector see an opportunity to reduce area greenhouse gases while lowering utility costs. “Historically, when it comes to clean-energy programs and investments, communities of color and low-income communities have not ...
April 13, 2017
As the 21st century continues to unfold, how will the nature of government change to meet the problems that will be faced by generations to come? That was one of the questions asked Thursday during the Hometown Summit of the Tom Tom Founders Festival. The summit, which runs through Saturday ...
March 23, 2017
Plans for both the future Biscuit Run State Park and the redevelopment of the Southwood Mobile Home Park took a step forward Thursday as Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation celebrated a key land exchange. “There were a lot of things that ...
November 30, 2016
President Barack Obama’s former chief domestic policy adviser had a simple message for nonprofits, their donors, business and government Wednesday: For their work to be effective, these sectors must put aside differences, communicate and work toward specific, stated goals. Melody Barnes, a Richmond resident who currently serves as chair ...
November 05, 2015
The Charlottesville School Board wants some students to receive greater flexibility when determining whether or not they have passed select state-mandated Standards of Learning exams. Students who are English Language Learners should be given credit accommodations when their test scores fall just below passing, the School Board told Del. David ...
April 20, 2015
The innovative model Monticello High School is running in its library recently fetched Albemarle County Public Schools the Magna Award Grand Prize, which recognizes the top learning programs in the country. Over the course of six years, a team of librarians and teachers transformed what was a sparsely-used, traditional library ...
March 24, 2015
One of Albemarle County’s preschool programs received good news Monday. Bright Stars — Albemarle’s pre-K program for at-risk 4-year-olds — has been selected for the $10,000 Youth Service Award grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. In a new program, staff from the University of Virginia’s Curry School ...
November 08, 2014
Several Charlottesville entrepreneurs called on elected officials and developers Thursday to invest in new office and laboratory space to ensure that start-up companies remain in the area. “We know people in Charlottesville are bright, we know they’ve got lots of good ideas and we know they can set up ...
October 01, 2014
The Charlottesville School Board wants the General Assembly next year to expand virtual education statewide, and to address the impacts that some out-of-district students are having on the division’s drop-out rate. These decisions came Tuesday at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center during the Board’s annual legislative priority ...
July 02, 2014
Deep in the Fry’s Spring neighborhood, Monte Vista Avenue is usually a quiet street. But Tuesday morning, a group of close to 30 people gathered in front of Jack Wilson’s home. An early adopter of solar energy, Wilson played host to the launch of Solarize Charlottesville, a 90-day ...
February 19, 2014
Students in Charlottesville-Albemarle are one step closer to taking fewer Standards of Learning exams during their academic careers. House Bill 930, which proposes a 23 percent reduction in the amount of state SOL tests students take between grades three through eight, passed the Virginia House of Delegates last week ...
December 11, 2013
Officials from Charlottesville and Albemarle Schools are hoping their students take fewer standardized tests in the coming years. At recent meetings with the area’s Virginia General Assembly delegation, officials from both divisions cited reforming the Standards of Learning tests as a priority. Albemarle School Board Chair Steve Koleszar said ...
December 04, 2013
Officials from Charlottesville and Albemarle Schools are hoping their students take fewer standardized tests in the coming years. At recent meetings with the area’s Virginia General Assembly delegation, officials from both divisions cited reforming the Standards of Learning tests as a priority. On Tuesday, County officials argued that students ...
September 24, 2013
Albemarle County Public Schools announced last week that the division has been reviewing its policy of reporting class rankings to college admissions offices. The review is the result of calls from parents who feel it hurts gifted students who are not in the top 10 percent of his or her ...
August 08, 2013
Jane D. Dittmar, the Democratic Party’s candidate for the Scottsville District seat on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, held her official campaign announcement on Wednesday. A special election on Nov. 5 will decide the successor to former Scottsville Supervisor Christopher J. Dumler, who resigned on June 5, two years ...
June 27, 2013
In Albemarle County Public Schools, the current debate is not about whether there’s too much standardized testing; it’s about which test is most effective. While the state stands behind its Standards of Learning exams, Albemarle wants to move towards a new national test of student assessment at the ...
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