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A standardized test local educators like

Since the 2001 renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — commonly known as No Child Left Behind — many parents, teachers and school division officials have decried the amount of mandated standardized testing to which students are exposed. But over the last few weeks, many students in Charlottesville and Albemarle County have taken […]

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Buford Harvest Festival

In partnership with the City Schoolyard Garden, Buford Middle School hosted the 6th annual fall Harvest Festival Friday. Currently, seven of Charlottesville’s schools play home to gardens. During the night, staff and volunteers led tours and taught corn grinding and apple pressing. Launched in 2010, City Schoolyard Garden’s mission is to cultivate academic achievement, health, […]

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New scholarship honoring local historian accepting applications

This year, students who graduate from one of Charlottesville–Albemarle’s public or private high schools are eligible to apply for a new locally-funded scholarship. The Preston Coiner Scholarship—named for the former vice president of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society and historian for the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review—plans to award a scholarship of up to $4,000 annually […]

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Albemarle’s charter middle school switches locations, gets reauthorized

Following some mid-summer operational uncertainties, and a location change, the Community Public Charter School last week renewed its charter with the Albemarle County School Board. The 2015-16 school year marks the eighth for the charter middle school that serves about 50 students in grades six through eight who benefit from learning in a small community. […]

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Equity, parity at heart of Albemarle schools’ CIP

The Albemarle County School Board has unanimously endorsed a facilities budget that, if fully funded, could see as much as $124.9 million in building improvements over the next five years. The spending plan — which represents the division’s projected infrastructure needs — now will be considered against local government needs to form the Capital Improvement […]

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Enrollment growth, decreased state funds driving Albemarle schools’ shortfall

According to local government forecasts, Albemarle County Public Schools is once again facing a daunting financial challenge. During a joint meeting Wednesday with the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, Schools officials said the division is anticipating a $6.4 million funding gap to start fiscal year 2017. What’s more, the shortfall could rise as high as $21.2 […]

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AHS pilots interdisciplinary teaching

For 65 Albemarle High School freshman, the word “school” carries a different meaning than it did just a few months ago. Once meaning a place where they struggled with academic work and often felt disenfranchised, a new instructional model combining math, science, history and English into one class has students whistling a new tune about […]

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UVa student launches education nonprofit

Keaton Wadzinski, a third-year student at the University of Virginia, wants to improve the education system. The catch, however, is that he doesn’t think it’s broken. Rather, the 20-year-old social innovation major from Franklin, Tennessee, wants to integrate an entrepreneurial mindset into the educational problem-solving process in an attempt to enhance the classroom experience for […]

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Barnett withdraws from School Board race

The field for the special election for the Samuel Miller District seat on the Albemarle County School Board is now one candidate smaller. According to the county registrar’s office, Patrick Barnett, 48, withdrew from the race Monday. Barnett, a retired U.S. Army colonel, told Charlottesville Tomorrow in an email that he cannot continue in the […]