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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Fairfax County Public Schools

Editorial: No sure thing kids are headed back to class

Hey, parents of Fairfax County Public Schools students – you thought your kids were going back to class five days a week for the coming school year? Suddenly, that doesn’t look like a sure bet, and you can blame panicky...

Editor’s Notebook: More of that ‘past is prologue’ stuff

’Twas just last week that, after dipping into the local-history file, I pulled out a chestnut from the mid-1960s about Arlington officials being concerned about aircraft noise and jets deviating from approved take-off lanes after departing National Airport. Here ’...

Local schools in queue for FCPS makeovers

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) currently is planning for and constructing renovations at 26 schools. Schools in the Sun Gazette’s readership area that are receiving renovation attention this summer include: • Louise Archer Elementary School, where Architecture Inc. has begun planning...

Editorial: School systems cracking under the strain

Editorial: School systems cracking under the strain In different ways, school districts across Northern Virginia seem to be cracking under the pressure – some of it brought on by COVID, but just as often by School Board leadership that is...

Editorial: FCPS superintendent knows which way wind blows

The announcement by Fairfax Superintendent Scott Brabrand that he’d be departing at the end of the coming school year shows the superintendent knows which way the wind is blowing – and wants no part of it. When he was hired...

Departing FCPS superintendent: ‘My focus is on the fall’

As Fairfax County School Board members attempt to lead the commonwealth’s largest school district back from the depths of the COVID crisis, they now have another challenge on their plate – finding a new superintendent. The incumbent, Scott Brabrand, surprised...

Editor’s Notebook: Tossing in the towel at FCPS

Embedded down at the bottom of this missive is my favorite rendition of the Dee Snider/Twisted Sister version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” It kind of fits the news that Fairfax County Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced, last week,...

Editor’s Notebook: I can see why that would raise some negative feedback

Here’s one from our history files, going back 45 years ago (oh, that hurts) to the start of July 1976. While others were looking forward to the big bicentennial bash, members of the Fairfax County School Board were bracing for...

Letter: Broader social-studies curriculum is a positive

Editor: A May 27 letter – “Marxist Propaganda Has No Place in FCPS” – has quite a number of flaws and fallacies regarding a simple instruction to be added to civics and social studies in the Fairfax school system. What...

Fairfax students complete global-leaders curriculum

Eighty-six Fairfax County high-school seniors, who recently completed the Global Leaders of Fairfax County program, were honored by county officials at a May 23 closing ceremony at the Mason District Park Amphitheater. Founded in 2020 by former at-large Fairfax County...
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Memoirist goes back to his roots with Icelandic tales

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