Judge rules in Talbot Hall case, affect for school board?
Local / Norfolk / Politics

Judge rules in Talbot Hall case, affect for school board?

Last week, Norfolk Circuit Court judge Junius P. Fulton III issued a ruling in the Talbot Hall case. The case involves the zoning of the area around the historic mansion; those who want to preserve the view to the river sued to overturn the zoning ruling of Norfolk City Council. (More here.) At the center … Continue reading

Catching up: last two op-eds
2016 Elections / Education / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

Catching up: last two op-eds

I’ve been really busy over the past 10 days but not so busy that I didn’t write a couple of op-eds for The Virginian-Pilot. The Norfolk City Council’s vote to elect our school boards by wards prompted my “Wrong on school wards” piece, which appeared Thursday, 1/29. I really wasn’t surprised the majority voted for … Continue reading

ICYMI: Another tool in the school toolbox
Education / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Another tool in the school toolbox

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. In it, I discuss House Bill 1585, which was introduced by my delegate, Chris Stolle. Stolle’s bill seeks to add two alternative schedules to Va. Code § 22.1-79.1. One would allow the operation of year-round schools, a trend in education. A report by the … Continue reading

ICYMI: Don’t break Norfolk School Board into wards
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Race

ICYMI: Don’t break Norfolk School Board into wards

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I discuss why I believe the elected school board Norfolk’s voters approved Tuesday should be elected at-large and not by ward. I’ve lived here long enough to see that the ward system has not been good for Norfolk. Yes, it got a third … Continue reading

Norfolk: Vote Yes on elected school boards
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Norfolk: Vote Yes on elected school boards

My latest op-ed, entitled “Big question on Norfolk’s Nov. 4 ballot,” appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. I think the title above is better ;) The question, the very last item on the ballot next Tuesday, is a simple one: Shall the method for selecting the school board be changed from appointment by the governing body … Continue reading