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Living in Charlottesville as a refugee

Just 15 days after arriving in Charlottesville as a refugee from Colombia, Aura Gaitan began work as a housekeeper at a local hotel. She knew no English and was struggling to adapt to both the cold of January and the fast pace of American life. But to be a refugee in the United States, she […]

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Albemarle School Board mulls strategic priorities

The Albemarle County School Board has begun to review the first draft of a strategic planning document that stipulates where and how the division will concentrate its resources over the next two years. At a recent board meeting, five major strategic priorities were discussed. Each priority, school staff says, is designed to aid in the […]

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Lugo-McGinness Academy ends first year on optimistic note

When Lugo-McGinness Academy opened its doors last fall, teachers and administrations weren’t only looking forward to a new facility for educating some of Charlottesville’s at-risk students. In moving to a new building complete with a gym, an outdoor space and a library collection, the staff aimed to change the way students and community members thought […]

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Local schools reimagining student discipline model

The Charlottesville and Albemarle County school divisions are progressing in an ongoing effort to cut rates of out-of-school suspensions while ensuring the safety of their schools. School administrators say they are shifting toward using preventive measures for misbehavior like bullying prevention programs, mental health support and teacher training in lieu of out-of-school suspensions. “The bottom […]

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Schools partner on summer ESOL program

For the hundreds of English language learners enrolled in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County school systems each year, challenges to academic success are immense. Not only must these students learn how to read, write, speak and study a new language, but they must also adapt to a new community and new social norms. To ease […]

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Charlottesville internship program employs local youth

While many teens see the summertime as a chance to relax, a program administered by the city of Charlottesville has placed 150 youths in intensive internships across the city, with positions ranging from elderly care to custodial services to government work. The Community Attention Youth Internship Program, which runs its largest session during a six-week […]

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Kluge-Ruhe Collection hosts festival on the intersection of race and art

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection on Saturday invited the Charlottesville community to examine its role in local, national and international dialogues about race through the expressive power of art. The event was held in honor of National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week, an annual Australian celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander […]