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Update: Democrats vote to maintain School Board caucus

Despite criticism from some quarters that it benefits wealthier areas of the county and puts hurdles in the way of a more diverse field of candidates, the leadership of the Arlington County Democratic Committee voted overwhelmingly to maintain the...

Editor’s Notebook: No doubt about those results

When it comes to the Arlington County Democratic Committee's vote to retain its School Board caucus, I was not surprised by the result but was surprised (though perhaps I should not have been) by the lopsided nature of it. More...

School Board caucus comes under fire from NAACP

The Arlington branch of the NAACP has come out swinging against the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s School Board caucus process, but stopped just short of calling for its outright elimination. In a three-page letter to new Democratic chair Steve Baker,...

GOP leader questions legitimacy of Democratic caucus

A key leader of the Arlington County Republican Committee last week mused publicly whether the powers-that-be of the Arlington County Democratic Committee put their thumbs on the scale to help a School Board candidate across the finish line. The Democratic...

Democrats go with Kadera as School Board pick

Mary Kadera, who became (perhaps somewhat against her will) the de-facto choice of the Arlington Democratic establishment, came away with victory in the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s weeklong School Board caucus voting. But the result was no resounding vote of...

Letter: Kadera is more nuanced choice for School Board

Editor: Mary Kadera has passionately and thoughtfully advocated for students across Arlington for years. Her knowledge of education in general, and Arlington Public Schools specifically, comes from an impressive career in education that makes her uniquely qualified in this...

Infrastructure in place for Democratic School Board caucus

Even though the Arlington County Democratic Committee is pushing the concept of online voting as its preference, four in-person locations will be available for those casting ballots in the upcoming School Board caucus. Mary Kadera and Miranda Turner are seeking...

Arlington Democrats hit 22,000+ homes in outreach effort

It’s “mission accomplished” for the Arlington County Democratic Committee, which used a corps of 400 volunteers to deliver voter-information material to more than 22,500 county residences in recent weeks. “An amazing job,” said Carol Fontein, who heads the Democratic precinct-operations...

School Board candidates have concerns about Va. math proposals

With the Virginia Department of Education under attack – fairly or unfairly – for what critics say is an attempt to dumb down math instruction across the commonwealth, the two candidates for the Democratic endorsement for Arlington School Board...

Candidates tout strategies to tackle achievement gap

As one candidate poked around the edges, the other went right for the jugular when asked what the Arlington school system could and should be doing to address disparities in academic performance among different socio-economic groups. “A return to school...
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