Kenric Ward is a veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers. A California native, he received a BA from UCLA (Political Science/Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA. He reported and edited at the San Jose Mercury News and the Las Vegas Sun before joining Watchdog.org in 2012 as Virginia Bureau Chief.

Which teachers will go first as schools shrink?

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, California, Education, Education Blog, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, National, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

WILL SMALLER BE BETTER? Fewer students means fewer teachers. How school districts decide to make the cut will determine the quality of education in the years ahead.

Falling birth rates will cut school attendance in the coming years, but just 18 states require that competence be considered when laying off teachers. That means union-crafted seniority rules will drive the process in most districts, further compromising the quality of public education.

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Mark Herring stumbles in Sweet Briar patch

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Commentary, Education, News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  No Comments

HAPPIER DAYS: Sweet Briar's Class of 1990, among others, is up in arms about Attorney General Mark Herring's "friend of the court" brief.

“Remember Sweet Briar.” Those three words could be the campaign cry of anyone — Democrat, Republican or Libertarian — who challenges Attorney General Mark Herring in the 2017 election.

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Virginia AG, county attorney spar over Sweet Briar women’s college

By   /  April 22, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

HOSTILE TAKEOVER? Sweet Briar College announced it is closing, but angry alumnae say they won't let their school go down without a fight.

Angry alumnae of Sweet Briar College are accusing Attorney General Mark Herring of “waging war on women’s education.” The charge comes in the wake of an abrupt announcement the historic women’s college in Amherst will shut down Aug. 25.

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Republicans blast ‘most-traveled’ McAuliffe

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

CASH AND CLINTON: Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's economy is his top priority. Republicans say Job One for the governor is getting Hillary Clinton elected president.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe told a national audience Sunday that Virginia’s economy is “roaring,” thanks to him. But economists aren’t so bullish, and McAuliffe’s critics say presidential politics is Job One for the Democrat.

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Richmond charter sees ‘crisis’ in education

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

CLOSING THE GAP: A proposed Richmond charter school aims to prepare more African American males for college.

Amid aging campuses and sagging performance, Virginia’s capital city could add its third and largest charter school next year. The Metropolitan Preparatory Academy won provisional approval from the Richmond School Board to launch a charter for African-American males in grades 6-12.

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State pulls plug on ‘risky’ WinVote machines

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, Texas, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

IS PAPER BETTER?: The short shelf life of voting machine technology is renewing interest in paper ballots.

A new report that killed a widely used touch-screen voting system Tuesday is sure to spur questions about past election results tabulated in Virginia.

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