Norfolk City Council votes for wards
Education / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Norfolk City Council votes for wards

The majority of Norfolk City Council – 5 members – voted in favor of a ward system for our elected school board. I’ll have my say in my next op-ed. For now, take a few minutes to watch speakers and the council have their say – notice I didn’t say “discuss” – on this issue … 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

Your comments: Norfolk’s 2015 Legislative Priorities
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Your comments: Norfolk’s 2015 Legislative Priorities

The Norfolk City Council has posted its draft 2015 legislative priorities document and is inviting public comment. In this year’s draft priorities package, Council has identified public education, flooding mitigation, and enhanced mobility as the city’s three highest strategic priorities. Considering the substantial state cuts already absorbed by the city over the past several years, … Continue reading

ICYMI: Virginia’s redistricting dilemma
Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Race / Virginia

ICYMI: Virginia’s redistricting dilemma

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I discuss the effects of the U.S. Supreme court decision in Shelby on the upcoming redrawing of Virginia’s 3rd – and surrounding – congressional district. I covered some of this ground in my earlier op-eds, particularly just after Shelby and after a bill … Continue reading