Category Archives: School System Updates

Fairfax County Leads in Graduation Rates

Looks like the Northern Virginia area is a great place to go to high school. Fairfax County and Prince William County are nation leaders in graduation rates. This is according to Education Week’s recent “Diplomas Count 2011: Beyond High School, … Continue reading

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Suicide Spurs Review

It seems there’s a never-ending spate of incidents to worry about when it comes to our public schools. The latest happened in Fairfax County. That is where 15-year-old Nick Stuban committed suicide after being suspended from W.T. Woodson High School. … Continue reading

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Lean Times in Prince William County

Superintendent Steven L. Walts’ proposed budget for Prince William County schools combines no layoffs with pay freezes to make a frugal yet satisfying budget. The total proposed budget is $864 million. That’s $36 million more than was spent last year. … Continue reading

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Have No Fear

For Prince William County parents worried about their children’s education, perhaps they need have no fear.  Evidently it’s a great place for youth. America’s Promise Alliance recently chose the county as one of its 100 best communities for young people. … Continue reading

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Merit Pay Snafu

The Prince William County school system plan to institute a merit pay program in some of its schools may have hit a snag. The Federal Department of Education provided the school system with an $11.1 million grant to pay for … Continue reading

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Goodbye Michelle Rhee

If you have been paying attention, then by now you know that Washington, D.C., Public School Chancellor Michelle Rhee resigned her position. She is the controversial leader who decided to fire more than 200 teachers for poor performance this year, … Continue reading

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Almost Good News in Prince William County

There was a time that Prince William County schools faced a possible cut of more than 700 jobs in its fiscal 2011 budget. Gradually that number was whittled down until it finally reached zero. That was great news. The school … Continue reading

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Helping Students Catch Up

“No Child Left Behind” is an ambitious project set up under the Bush administration to do exactly what its title implies. Despite that, some students in school systems continue to lag behind. Schools often have their own measures for helping … Continue reading

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Dramatic Firings in D.C.

There is a lot of talk today about the importance of education. We are constantly trying to find ways to decrease student-to-teacher ratios, find better testing methods, and search out new types of schools and systems of education. Despite all … Continue reading

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Great News in Prince William County

If you are a parent or student at a Prince William County school, some recent news should have you smiling. Everybody knows that governments at every level have been facing tough financial decisions in light of the fact that our … Continue reading

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