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 Catching up: last two op-eds

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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 Norfolk City Council votes for wards

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: Another tool in the school toolbox

ICYMI: There will be math

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. I ran across an article - "Why Do Americans Stink at Math?" -  the other day that mentioned an old story about 1/3 versus 1/4 hamburgers. (Apparently, some folks thought the anecdote was made up - but marketing students have been hearing about it for … Continue reading ICYMI: There will be math

Norfolk elected school board: nearly 17,000 signatures

In a press release (pdf) this morning, Norfolk Citizens for an Elected School Board announced that nearly 17,000 signatures have been obtained and submitted for the placement of the question on the ballot. Norfolk voters will have a choice in November 2014 to change the management of Norfolk public schools from being appointed by City … Continue reading Norfolk elected school board: nearly 17,000 signatures

ICYMI: Norfolk should vote on electing school board

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. Getting this question on the ballot in November is a real possibility. Just this morning. I was told that the State Board of Elections says that the petitions have to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday, not Monday as was previously thought. As I mentioned in … Continue reading ICYMI: Norfolk should vote on electing school board

Norfolk elected school board: sign the petition

We are just days away from the deadline for gathering petition signatures for the getting the question of an elected school board on the ballot. If you haven't signed yet, please do so. You can stop by the DMV at Poplar Hall Drive, the DMV at Widgeon Rd, or the Pretlow Library - petitions are … Continue reading Norfolk elected school board: sign the petition

Quick hits 5/23/14

It's been a really, really busy week. A few things that have caught my eye in between everything: NYT: "Who Gets to Graduate?"  - Income, it seems, is a pretty good predictor. VP: "Virginia GOP executive under state investigation" - This will be interesting to watch. WP: "How gerrymandered is your district?" - At 79.26, … Continue reading Quick hits 5/23/14

High school reading & math proficiency low

Less than half of 12th-graders can read or do math proficiently: There is little good news in the results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Just 26 percent of 12th-grade students scored as proficient or better in mathematics in 2013. In reading, 38 percent were proficient or better. And there has been no improvement … Continue reading High school reading & math proficiency low

UPDATED: An end of an era

UPDATE 6:38pm same day: My sources tell me that the physical op-ed page will be removed from the paper but that some of the opinion content will remain. No one is quite sure how this is going to work just yet. I'm also told that the Sunday paper will have two pages (down from its … Continue reading UPDATED: An end of an era