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August 7, 2014

By Nancy Thomas and Ray Mattes Each year, Virginia shoppers seeking back-to-school bargains have an added incentive to make those purchases during the back to school tax-free holiday leading up to the beginning of the school year. This year, it occurred this past weekend, August 1-3. The bitter irony about that isolated weekend is its […]

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When A Deal Isn’t A Deal

As the fiscal year comes to an end on June 30, the General Assembly has not yet agreed to a two year budget. The stumbling block is that the Governor and the State Senate want to include a huge increase in Medicaid coverage to as many as 400,000 people not now covered. The House believes […]

Brown v. Board: Made in Virginia

On May 17, Virginia and the nation recognized the 60th Anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board decision declaring state laws establishing separate schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional. The anniversary was accompanied by commentaries recognizing the importance of the case – but few also recognized the pivotal role Virginia played. Remembering […]

SOLs: Getting what was asked for

A wise boss once told me: “Be careful of what you ask for. You might get it.” In the ongoing discussions over Virginia’s Standards of Learning exams, advocates of SOL reform may want to keep that adage in mind. Those who argue that, without exception, Virginia’s Standards of Learning program is not meeting the needs […]


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