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Editor’s Notebook: Heck, it’s only worth a dollar any more, anyway

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I want to thank the clerk at the 7-Eleven at North Glebe Road near Thomas Jefferson Middle School for asking if I’d take it before handing me a $2 bill as part of change from getting what my mother used to refer to as a “snicky-snack.”

(Tom Jefferson, whose face is on the bill, must have been right at home just a block over from a middle school that bears his name. Wonder which will disappear first: His name off the school or his visage off the bill? We live in troubled times, so either is possible.)

This particular $2 bill is part of the 2013 series – who knew they were still being produced, and for what purpose.

I probably am going to hold onto mine as a curiosity, rather than try and rob it off on some unsuspecting clerk down the road.

PRETTY MUCH AS EXPECTED: It took a little while, but I’ve finally gotten around to coverage of the Arlington Public Schools’ auditor and his report on the star-crossed “VLP” (virtual-learning program) that just didn’t go as planned last school year.

The report was pretty much as damning as you’d expect, and it did seem (as an advocacy group noted after the presentation) that the School Board and superintendent just sat their like bumps on a log, occasionally expressing mild remorse but just as often trying to explain away the problems with a “well, what did you expect in the world of COVID?” rationale.

Not a good look for people who get paid big bucks (top staff) or signed up for leadership (the School Board).

And for those who want even more than our fair-and-balanced-but-tell-it-like-it-is coverage on the news pages, we’ll have an editorial on the subject this week, too. Good times.

– Scott McCaffrey

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