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Mark Miller: What is wrong with state government

Del. Dickie Bell and his criticism of area teachers showing solidarity for better education is a prime example of all that is wrong in Virginia government. There was a time when Bell, a former educator, worked for the benefit of area youth through teaching and coaching. I can only assume that his current attack on […]


Senate passes private-school tax credit

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling cast the tie-breaking vote in the State Senate today pushing a bill that will provide for up to $25 million in tax credits for businesses that donate money to private schools. The state tax credit is designed to encourage individuals and corporations to contribute to non-profit organizations who provide education improvement […]


McDonnell K-12 agenda pushes access

Educational opportunity for all is a focal point for Gov. Bob McDonnell in his 2011 K-12 legislative agenda. “A child’s educational opportunities should be determined by their intellect and work ethic, not their zip code,” McDonnell said today in rolling out his Opportunity to Learn package, which pivots on a proposal to implement a pilot […]


Ken Plum: Yesterday’s solution

A press release from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office last month proclaimed that a charter school bill the governor signed put Virginia in the “vanguard of the National Charter School Movement.” While a certain amount of hype is to be expected in any press release, this one may have gone over the top. In considering the […]


David Reynolds: Standing for opportunity

Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net    “Where you stand depends upon where you sit,” has eight simple words which explain politics. But it need not. Stands have and will be taken during the discussions over where to cut our local school budgets in these tough fiscal times. Mostly they spring from where […]


Big Brother and local education

   Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Big government has no place in local education. Does us no good to be sending dictates down from Washingon and Richmond with all manner of strings attached. No Child Left Behind – bad idea. Standards of Learning – bad idea. Freshman State Del. Dickie Bell’s proposed state mandate that […]