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Students with Google Career Certificates are eligible for a scholarship to finish their four year degrees at UVA

In a partnership with Google, the University of Virginia will offer any current or former students with a Google Career Certificate a $5,000 scholarship to continue their education. Students with a Google Career Certificate in one of its five programs may receive a one-time  $5,000 scholarship to UVA’s Continuing Schools of Professionals and Continuing Studies […]

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Critical race theory has suddenly become a key issue in the only contested Albemarle County School Board race

Partisan politics and national issues have seeped into what was once an uncontested race for Albemarle County School Board.  Randy Zackrisson jumped into the race for the Samuel Miller District seat on the school board in late August as a write-in candidate because he feared critical race theory was being taught in Albemarle County Public […]

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In her bid for a fifth term on Charlottesville School Board, Leah Puryear says she brings experience and commitment to empowering children

Leah Puryear has served as a member of Charlottesville School Board for more than 15 years. She decided to run in 2006 after a troubling encounter at a school board meeting. “There was a presentation I wanted to hear,” Puryear recalled. “A group of children came out and they happened to know who I was. […]

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Lisa Larson-Torres wants to continue equity work in second term on Charlottesville City School Board

Lisa Larson-Torres knew when she was elected chair of the Charlottesville City School Board in January 2021 that the job would be difficult — she just had no way of knowing how difficult. When she took the position, City Schools was entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few months later, Larson-Torres led the […]

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Christa Bennett to bring experience and advocacy lens to Charlottesville School Board

Calling herself the “Get Stuff Done Candidate” on her campaign website, Christa Bennett is already used to getting things done. And if elected to Charlottesville City School Board, she wants to make sure others can advocate as well.  In 2018, Bennett successfully lobbied for and fundraised for a playground at Walker Upper Elementary School.  Bennett […]

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City officials wrestle with how to pay for a long-anticipated new $75 million middle school

Charlottesville city leaders are preparing to dig deep in the city’s budget — and raise local taxes — in order to build a new $75 million middle school within the next five years. The City Council this week gave the green light for the school division to finalize its plans for the new, state-of-the-art facility […]

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Without enough bus drivers, teachers, school staff and community members are shuttling children to school — and there’s no immediate end in sight

Weekday mornings in Charlottesville begin with a city-wide scramble to get children to school. Because of a massive bus driver shortage, the bus system that serves Charlottesville City Schools is operating at just over 40% capacity. It’s about to get a little better: Following a major push to hire more drivers, that capacity should jump […]

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The local health district curtails contact tracing and expands testing as COVID cases relentlessly climb

Local cases of COVID-19 are now so high that the health district said it’s unable to complete contact tracing for all positive cases — and it’s struggling to keep up with the burgeoning demand for tests. The Blue Ridge Health District announced on Friday that its investigators may be unable to contact “every positive individual […]

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Meet Charlottesville City Schools new superintendent — he promises transparency and to focus on equity

Charlottesville City Schools has named its new superintendent. Royal A. Gurley will take the helm Oct. 4. “There’s a lot of great work happening here,” Gurley told a group of reporters Thursday afternoon. “I just felt strongly when I saw this search … that a lot of my values were aligned closely to the things […]