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No union rights? Virginians are used to it

Wisconsin Republicans have scored a big victory in their fight against collective bargaining for public employees. In Virginia, however, teachers, police, firemen and other public service workers have long done without the right that public workers in 47 other...

By Peter Galuszka  | March 10, 2011; 6:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Va. Politics, Virginia, arts, child services, day care, economy, education, history, schools, taxes  
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Commandments removed from Va. school system

The up-and-down case of the Ten Commandments in a far southwestern Virginia school system has taken another turn -- this time down. The Giles County School Board on Tuesday decided that copies of the Ten Commandments set in framed,...

By Peter Galuszka  | February 22, 2011; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, education, faith, history  
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Wal-Mart and the Wilderness

Regarding the Jan. 27 news story “Wal-Mart abandons its plan to build store near Civil War battlefield”:As one of those who criticized Wal-Mart’s plans to develop a retail complex near the Wilderness Civil War battlefield, let me be among the...

By Stephen Anderson, Locust Grove  | January 28, 2011; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Virginia, history  
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If Sargent Shriver had run for Maryland governor ...

In the stories about R. Sargent Shriver this week, it was often mentioned that he was a second choice to be George McGovern’s running mate in the 1972 presidential election and that he ran unsuccessfully for president in 1976. Shriver...

By Patrick McGrath, Churchton, Md.  | January 22, 2011; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, history  
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Behind Virginia's textbook flap

The embarrassing textbook flap in Virginia comes as several trends converge -- technology changes allowing printing of limited runs of niche textbooks, little oversight of Internet-based research and the Old Dominion's el-cheapo philosophy regarding education spending. The controversies, of...

By Peter Galuszka  | January 7, 2011; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Where the Va. textbook flap is leading

“Textbook follies” was an apt headline for your Jan. 2 editorial. The “dozens of errors” in a Virginia social studies textbook are factual trivia that only a nincompoop teacher would ask students to learn. The textbook is being excoriated not...

By John Hoven, Silver Spring  | January 5, 2011; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Virginia, education, history, schools  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Teaching history starts with the facts, Constantinos E. Scaros, Newmanstown, Pa. , January 5, 2011
Virginia is for writers who make egregious errors, Aaron Morrissey , December 29, 2010
The new immigration battleground, Peter Galuszka , December 15, 2010
A treasure of D.C.'s spring at risk at the arboretum, Jeanne Connelly and Felix Laughlin, Washington , December 4, 2010
Tobacco corruption in Virginia, Peter Galuszka , November 24, 2010
How Georgetown found its grid, Topher Mathews , November 18, 2010
The conflicted Virginia university, Peter Galuszka , November 10, 2010
One cheer for Virginia Republicans , Peter Galuszka , November 3, 2010
The myth of the black Confederates, washingtonpost.com editors , October 30, 2010
The dodgy world of Southern history, Peter Galuszka , October 21, 2010
A gazetteer of the fading pay phone, washingtonpost.com editors , October 17, 2010
Virginia's Tea Parties on top, Peter Galuszka , October 6, 2010
A mistake that can't be undone, washingtonpost.com editors , September 27, 2010
Virginia's immigration Know-Nothings , Peter Galuszka , September 2, 2010
Don't forget who Kilpatrick really was, Peter Galuszka , August 17, 2010
Northern Virginia: New center of the hard right, Peter Galuszka , July 30, 2010
A bust that belongs at Virginia's D-Day memorial, washingtonpost.com editors , July 22, 2010
 
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