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COVID has made rural schools suddenly responsible for getting internet to kids in remote, unserved areas

In the foothills of Virginia, the problem of inadequate internet access has fallen suddenly on rural school divisions to solve. The lingering coronavirus pandemic has limited in-person learning at schools across the country — and rural America is no exception. But, unlike their urban counterparts, many rural families have no means of accessing the internet […]

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‘Books on Bikes’ group asks for funds to deliver books to children during virtual learning

With Charlottesville City Schools kids all staying home this fall, the division’s librarians plan to continue their summer Books on Bikes delivery program to children during the academic year. But they need help.  In order to continue the program through the fall, the volunteer school librarians who operate the group need money to buy new […]

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UVA’s ‘Conqueror of the Northwest’ statue splashed with bright red paint Monday

Related Articles: Albemarle County votes to remove its Confederate monuments from Court Square City Council waiting for judge to alter injunction to go ahead with process to remove Confederate monuments The University of Virginia’s George Rogers Clark statue was splashed with bright red paint some time either late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The […]

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How can UVA make students follow safety measures off Grounds? Here’s the contract they will sign

Before arriving on Grounds, University of Virginia students will sign a two-page contract agreeing to follow the university’s public health measures and all local COVID-related laws. The contract gives the university the right to discipline students caught breaking COVID-related rules. “And this is enforceable not just on Grounds, but in the Charlottesville-Albemarle community as well,” […]

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Grassroots event marks third anniversary of brutal white supremacist rally

On Aug. 12, 2017, Market Street Park was the site where hundreds white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and far-right militias converged for a brutal rally ostensibly against the removal of the city’s Confederate statues. Three years after that deadly event, that park drew a different sort of crowd. Dozens of people joined a handful of clergy and […]

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Albemarle fills records request; ordinance waiving statutory deadline remains

Albemarle County Public Schools has filled Charlottesville Tomorrow’s requests for public records related to its school reopening plans — about two weeks after the state mandated deadline to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests. The documents came a week after the University of Virginia’s First Amendment Clinic sent the school division a letter asking them […]

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Special: Ongoing schools coverage during COVID-19 pandemic

Do you have any local questions about COVID-19 and public education? Contact Billy Jean Louis at bjeanlouis@cvilletomorrow.org, Jessie Higgins at jhiggins@cvilletomorrow.org and Marie Ungar at mungar@cvilletomorrow.org; visit our Facebook page or send us a direct message on Twitter @cvilletomorrow.  Our newsroom has made the commitment to dig deep and focus on working for you, our community, to help answer […]

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School divisions reopening plans differ in how they will handle special needs students

While Albemarle County Public Schools plans to selectively open its doors this fall to a small group of students with special needs or limited internet access, Charlottesville City Schools will be entirely virtual. The slightly different plans could create wildly different learning experiences for some of the area’s more vulnerable children. “I am actually happy […]

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UVa’s First Amendment Clinic will help Charlottesville Tomorrow fight for Albemarle public records

Attorneys at the University of Virginia’s First Amendment Clinic will represent Charlottesville Tomorrow in an effort to obtain public records from Albemarle County Public Schools. Charlottesville Tomorrow on July 15 requested public documents from the school division regarding its reopening plans. Those requests have yet to be filled, though state law requires public bodies to […]