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General Assembly OKs bills to address housing and eviction issues

RICHMOND — A flurry of bills addressing affordable housing and high eviction rates in Virginia cities moved forward in the state’s House and Senate last week. Three bills on those issues have passed both chambers and have been sent to Gov. Ralph Northam to be signed into law. Several other measures have passed one chamber […]

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Rooker to head review of Cale Elementary name

Dennis S. Rooker, a former Albemarle County supervisor, has been appointed to lead a committee reviewing the namesake of Cale Elementary School, county schools Superintendent Matt Haas recently announced. Scrutiny of former Superintendent Paul H. Cale began in October when a presentation on the educational experience of African-Americans in Albemarle referenced a 1956 magazine article […]

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Months after renaming comments, Cale’s Albemarle schools legacy still unclear

Late in the evening on Oct. 18, the then-chairwoman of the Albemarle County School Board urged her colleagues to make a decision that she said couldn’t wait. After learning about a 1956 article in Commentary magazine that ascribed racist statements to former Albemarle schools Superintendent Paul H. Cale, the namesake of Cale Elementary School, the […]

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What does 2019 have in store for local schools?

Updated Jan. 11, 2019, 1:56 p.m.  In 2019, our local school boards and the voting public will make decisions with wide-ranging implications for Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Here are some of the big stories in education policy that Charlottesville Tomorrow will be following this year. Anti-racism in Albemarle Anti-racist groups have been a political force […]

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City hopes to address segregation with plan update

In many parts of Charlottesville, it is illegal to build duplexes and other types of houses meant for multiple families. The consequence, according to the city’s Planning Commission, is unaffordable housing and segregation. Commissioners are hoping to contribute to city efforts to confront these problems through the land use chapter of Charlottesville’s Comprehensive Plan, which […]

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Albemarle School Board shuts down meeting after protesters decry dress code vote

A protest by the Hate-Free Schools Coalition ended the Albemarle County School Board’s work session minutes after it began Thursday. Members were scheduled to vote on a revised student dress regulation that emphasizes “respect for diversity” but stopped short of explicitly banning Confederate symbols. “I wish the meeting would have gone better,” School Board member […]

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Incivility at council meetings defended

Some say politeness insignificant compared with need for change Since the deadly Unite the Right rally Aug. 12, locals have come before Charlottesville’s City Council to demand answers about the summer, air their grievances and press for change from their government. Over the past six months, meetings have been punctuated with screaming matches, confrontations, calls […]

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Walker selected as Charlottesville’s next Mayor after public discussion

The first person to be elected as Charlottesville’s first independent City Councilor since 1948 has also become the city’s first female African-American mayor. “The journey getting here for me personally was pretty intense,” said Nikuyah Walker, who received 7,926 votes in the November election.  “Luckily I had a broad range of support.” After a long […]