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Education week-in-review: less funding, more questions about sexual identity

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, News, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From New York, where charter schools face difficulties because they receive less funding than other public schools, to Vermont, where the state wants to know more about students’ sexual identities, to Philadelphia, where books fill dusty basements more than classrooms, it’s been a week of education stories in which the keywords are “less” and “more.”

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Penalized Virginia drivers file class-action lawsuit against Express Lanes operator

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  News, State Government, Transparency, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

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A private company is operating many of Virginia’s thoroughfares, but that doesn’t mean it can charge drivers thousands of dollars in unexpected fines and penalties.

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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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McAuliffe: There is ‘no personal data’ in a license plate

By   /  April 16, 2015  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Yet again, the fate of police surveillance in Virginia rests in the hands of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and he’s made it clear he sides with law enforcement over civil liberties advocates.

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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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Report: Virginia lawmakers block transparency, access to legislative process

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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In February, Delegate Jeffrey Campbell tried to revise Virginia’s “reckless” driving threshold so motorists couldn’t be criminalized for driving six miles over the speed limit on I-95. His bill never made it out of the Courts of Justice Committee.

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