Port City Notebook

News, views and random observations around Alexandria

Archive for April 2015

Important SOL News for Elementary and Middle-School Parents

A new Virginia Board of Education policy requires schools to obtain parental permission in advance in order to allow students to retake an SOL before the end of the school year. In the past, students in courses required for graduation (other than writing) whose SOL scores were just shy of the 400 needed to pass were offered expedited retakes about three weeks after the initial exam. To qualify for the […]

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Budget Update and Other News You Can Use

The Alexandria city manager’s budget recommends spending roughly $3 million less for both the operating and capital improvement program budgets than ACPS requested. And the option of raising property taxes next year has been taken off of the table irrevocably. That means the city council is faced with an unenviable task: cut from other areas of the city budget to close the schools gap, or leave the schools with less […]

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