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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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Albemarle School Board chair calls for review of building names

Albemarle County Public Schools could soon review the names of its school buildings and change those that are “inconsistent with the [school division’s] values.” School Board Chairwoman Kate Acuff proposed a review of school naming policies and building names after racist comments by the late Paul H. Cale— Albemarle’s longest-serving superintendent and the namesake of […]

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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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Review of Fed Up: A Body Positive Intern’s Perspective on the Documentary

You may have heard that Katie Couric, successful news anchor and former Wahoo, will be coming this November to talk about Fed Up, her star-studded documentary about obesity in America, which will be screened at the Virginia Film Festival this year. As an intern in the Body Positive program of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s […]

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Students can be helped by rankings and rigor

In a recent Community Voices post (Students support Albermarle’s move to end class rankings, March 31), Monticello High School seniors Lasha Campbell, Sebastian Glickman and Leah Coleman argued that “class ranks are unfair to students” and “aren’t as important as they are made to seem,” approving of the recent decision to end the practice in […]

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Aaron Eichorst, Charlottesville City Schools

Aaron Eichorst, Coordinator of Fine & Performing Arts, Charlottesville City Schools    What has been the most challenging aspect of becoming an administrator? One of the more challenging aspects of becoming an administrator is meeting the needs of the myriad groups and individuals that I serve; our teachers, other administrators, parents, the local cultural community […]