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Charlottesville School Board receives update on Equity Committee

The Charlottesville Schools’ Equity Committee provided the Charlottesville School Board with updates on its work at its April 11 board meeting. The board also voted to include Spanish as an elective at Walker Upper Elementary School, after having previously removed it, and approved two pre-engineering elective courses designed for students to explore STEM ahead of […]

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City launches loan program, while local entrepreneur creates black business directory

The city of Charlottesville is working to support small businesses owned by minorities through a new loan program. At the same time, a small-business owner has created a directory of African American-owned businesses in the area. In March, the City Council launched its Business Equity Fund. As an initiative of Councilor Wes Bellamy, the equity […]

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State lawmakers pass budget amendment to eliminate driver’s license reinstatement fees

RICHMOND — During the reconvened General Assembly session, state legislators voted Wednesday to eliminate driver’s license suspension fees for people who lost their licenses due to unpaid court fees or fines.More than 600,000 Virginians have been affected by the law, which can have a disproportionate effect on lower income Virginians for whom public transportation may […]

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City budget discussions focus on affordable housing; county priorities include education and parks

Charlottesville and Albemarle are finalizing their budgets for the fiscal year that ends on June 30, 2020.  Both localities are proposing larger budgets and tax increases but for different reasons. Charlottesville’s proposed operational and capital budget of $223.9 million represents a 10% increase over the current budget. Albemarle’s proposed budget weighs in at $456.8 million, […]