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Swinging The Space

October 16, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – One of the requests that the School Board has made of City Council is for funding of so-called “swing space”. Swing space is a place outfitted like a school to which students may be temporarily transferred while their own school is being renovated.

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Mr. Balas Takes The Helm

August 30, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial -- T. C. Williams High School has a new principal. Peter Balas, who served on T. C.’s administrative staff from 2007 to 2012, has been appointed to replace Jessie Dingle who resigned to return to North Carolina.

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Two Steps Forward—More than Two Steps Back

August 21, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – The Virginia Department of Education released its Standards of Learning test scores last week. Overall statewide scores increased modestly. That, however, was not the case in Alexandria where overall district scores declined from last year’s levels with most below the scores of two years ago. 

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Remembering Patsy

August 14, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Patricia S. “Patsy” Ticer, former Mayor of and State Senator for Alexandria, died last week at the age of 82. Alexandria has lost an outstanding community and political leader whose style and commitment marked our city for nearly 50 years.

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A Night Out On The Town

August 9, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Alexandria celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1. This is the 34th year for this event which draws people into the streets to “promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and more caring places in which to live," according to the National Association of Town Watch.

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Some Sewer Joy At Last

July 28, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – In late June, Alexandria City Council approved a joint project with Fairfax County and Alexandria Renew Enterprises that will help address Combined Storm and Sanitary Sewer Outfalls 003 and 004 on the southern side of the city.

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Net Neutrality Will Win In The End

July 24, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to ban "three specific practices [that] invariably harm the open Internet—Blocking, Throttling, and Paid Prioritization". In simple terms Net Neutrality was put in place to ensure equal internet access to all subscribers and free flow of information over the internet. The arguments for and against Net Neutrality are clear.

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Debt On The March

July 21, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – As part of the budget deliberations this year, Alexandria City Manager Mark Jinks recommended to City Council that the City’s Debt Service policy be reviewed and that adjustments be made to some of the limits contained in the policy. City Council adopted the changes along with the FY2018 budget on May 4.

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Welcome Home Lois

July 14, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – The Alexandria City School Board announced on Wednesday that it had appointed Dr. Lois F. Berlin as interim superintendent for our school district. The Board will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent superintendent.

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To BID Or Not To BID

June 26, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Alexandria has two major sources of tax revenue – from residential and commercial properties. It has always been a goal to decrease the residential burden by increasing the desirability of Alexandria as a location for successful businesses, as well as offices for governmental agencies and various organizations. The key word is successful.

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