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Why school zero tolerance policies make no sense

The discipline policy in Fairfax County public schools failed a 15-year-old football player who killed himself after undergoing a disciplinary process. It needs to be changed.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 20, 2011; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Discipline, Fairfax County Public Schools  | Tags:  fairfax county schools, fairfax schools, fairfax suicide, football player suicide, nick stuban, teen suicide, zero tolerance, zero tolerance policy  
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Fairfax County slashes summer school

Fairfax County Public Schools is cutting summer school way back this year to save money, a move that could affect academic achievement in the county.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 8, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fairfax County Public Schools  | Tags:  Fairfax County Public schools, Fairfax budget cuts, Fairfax summer school, summer school, summer school cuts  
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Fairfax doublespeak on school openings and MoCo’s gamble

In Fairfax, officials say it's safe enough for kids to return to school but county workers are allowed to take unscheduled leave. Something is wrong with this picture

By Valerie Strauss  | February 16, 2010; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fairfax County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools  | Tags:  school openings, snow  
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Help schools dig out of the snow

The Washington Post has launched a snow cleanup page and it can be really helpful for schools trying to organize big dig-outs this weekend. School personnel are working frantically to clean up parking lots, sidewalks, street curbs and other snow-covered areas so that school can finally resume on Tuesday--assuming there isn’t another snow storm with its eye on our region (and there just might be).

By Valerie Strauss  | February 12, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  snow days  
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MoCo schools hope to open next Tuesday

Even as Loudoun County public schools officials were deciding yesterday to close schools for the rest of the week, their counterparts in Montgomery County were holding out hope that the storm forecast for today and tomorrow might veer away from the region. No such luck. That’s why Superintendent Jerry Weast bowed to reality today and decided to close for the rest of the week on the recommendation of his chief operating officer, Larry Bowers.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 9, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Learning, Montgomery County Public Schools  | Tags:  schools closed  
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Why Loudoun schools are closed all week

A 40-minute phone conversation this morning among Loudoun County Public Schools Supt. Edgar B. Hatrick, senior staff and transportation and maintenance workers in the field persuaded Hatrick that there was no safe way to open schools this week--especially with predictions...

By Valerie Strauss  | February 8, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools  | Tags:  school closings  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Deciding to close schools isn’t always easy, Valerie Strauss , February 7, 2010
Fairfax County schools reject book challenges, Valerie Strauss , February 4, 2010
Saturday detention at Langley H.S., Valerie Strauss , January 14, 2010
Reader: Valerie, spare me ‘your snarky column’ , Valerie Strauss , December 18, 2009
Fairfax: You've got to be kidding, Valerie Strauss , November 17, 2009
Why it is so important to read aloud to your kids, Valerie Strauss , November 11, 2009
P.S.: Who Watched Obama's Back-to-School Speech, Valerie Strauss , September 11, 2009
Who Is Right in Fairfax Schools Contract Issue?, Valerie Strauss , September 10, 2009
 
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