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APS sees improvements in start-of-school bus service

Acknowledging that some challenges remain, Arlington’s superintendent of schools reported what he considered “marked improvements” in school-transportation matters at the start of this school year. Just over 16,000 students are slated to be served by 158 school-bus routes for the...

School system rolls out 24/7 tutoring option

The start of a new school year has brought a new tool for Arlington secondary-school students in need of academic assistance. And they can receive it at any time of the day or night. The county school system has contracted with...

APS oh so close to fully filling teacher ranks

Unless schools have moved to the “close-enough” theory of mathematics, the Arlington school system opened the school year just short of its goal of 100-percent teacher staffing. A total of 47 teacher vacancies – 35 full-time, 12 part-time – existed...

APS aims to boost achievement one student at a time

Arlington Public Schools’ seemingly intractable challenge in breaking the sometimes massive difference in the rates of academic success will focus, this school year, on making improvements one student at a time. “We have a persistent achievement gap. We’ve got to...

Arlington school system almost there on staff recruitment

Arlington Public Schools is on track to have all the teachers it needs to welcome students back to classrooms later in August. With just 68 full-time vacancies, the school system’s ranks were 97.8-percent filled as of Aug. 4, Superintendent Francisco...

Editorial: Audit lays bare shortcomings of ‘virtual-learning’ effort

There wasn’t much doubt that the Arlington school system’s effort, for the 2021-22 school year, of offering “virtual” education for students who were unable or unwilling to go back into classrooms was a wreck. Even School Board members admitted it,...

Superintendent: Summer-school effort largely glitch-free

There were the inevitable glitches, but it appears Arlington Public Schools’ soon-to-wrap-up summer-school program was a relatively smooth endeavor. “We’re really excited about all of the great learning,” Superintendent Francisco Durán said in an update to School Board members on...

School system inks revamped deal with county police

It took significantly longer than perhaps first contemplated, but Arlington’s school system and police department have come to a concordat on a new relationship. “We have reached a major milestone,” Superintendent Francisco Durán said on March 10, reporting that the...

School system mulls how far it will press masking issue

Exactly how hard Arlington school leaders plan to push back against a new state law mandating mask freedom in public schools remains to be seen, but it doesn’t appear the school system plans to acquiesce happily. The new state law...

School Board puts virtual-learning program on hiatus for year

The nearly 600 students in Arlington Public Schools’ virtual-learning program may have come away from the Feb. 17 School Board meeting feeling abandoned by school-system leadership. But those leaders said the more appropriate long-term strategy is not to continue a...
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Commentary: High-school athletic Twitter sites are must reads

Regularly reading and following local high-school athletic Twitter sites is must-see stuff for those interested in keeping up with...
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