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Choices, Choices, Choices

November 3, 2018

Next Tuesday is Election Day in Alexandria. We have national and local candidates up for election and two Virginia Constitutional Amendments for consideration. Any way you look at it, this is a very important time in our City's and Nation's history. We encourage you to become familiar with the candidates and their issues and to go to the polls if you have not already cast your vote on an absentee ballot. We have also published a Voter Guide and here are our candidate endorsements.

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Not There Yet 2

October 5, 2018

alexandrianews.org Editorial – At the beginning of September, we editorialized on the reported Standards of Learning test scores of students in the Alexandria City Public Schools under the headline “Not There Yet”. This week, following the release of data on school accreditation and on-time graduation rates by the Virginia Department of Education, we are continuing the theme.

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Not There Yet

September 5, 2018

alexandrianews.org Editorial – The State of Virginia released 2017-18 SOL scores for Virginia’s public schools a few weeks ago. While Alexandria’s scores stayed roughly the same under interim superintendent Dr. Lois Berlin, there were some significant variations that bear watching. In reading about the scores you may be interested to know that in the Alexandria public schools 27.4% of the students are white, 31.0% are black, 36.3% are Hispanic, 5.0% are Asian with the remaining .3% Native American. 

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Many Voices Will Point The Way

August 31, 2018

alexandrianews.org Editorial – The Alexandria City School Board has been wrestling with how to accommodate the needs of a growing student body at T. C.  Williams and Minnie Howard Schools.  Growing enrollment is working its way into the upper grade levels of the system and something must be done.

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Andrew Adkins Redux

August 14, 2018

alexandrianews Editorial – The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority announced that it is terminating its selected developer for the Andrew Adkins redevelopment project, Alexandria Opportunity Housing, LLC. Over the past four years, this redevelopment has been the subject of many discussions with the community and redesigns.

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AAA Alexandria

August 3, 2018

alexandrianews.org Editorial Once again both Moody’s and S&P Global Ratings, the private agencies that rate bonds issued by governmental authorities, have given Alexandria highest AAA ratings for their forthcoming 2018 bond issues citing the City’s strong tax base, good budgeting and generally sound fiscal policies.

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Making Progress Not Just Change

July 20, 2018

alexandiranews,org Editorial: Over the past several months, the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Facility has been in the news. This agency is composed of the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church and the County of Arlington.

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Raising The Pay, Raising The Expectations

July 6, 2018

alexandrianews.org Editorial – In January of this year, City Manager Mark Jinks appointed a five-member ad hoc committee to review the pay of the mayor and members of City Council. Salaries for this group had not been increased since 2003, 15 years ago.  

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La Bergerie Fallout

June 29, 2018

alexandrianews.org Editorial – The owners of the very well-known restaurant, La Bergerie, announced last week that they would not be re-opening their establishment in the building located at 329 N. Washington Street.

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A Swarm Of Graduates

June 25, 2018

alexadrianews.org Editorial: Last week Alexandria’s only public high school, T. C.  Williams, held its graduation ceremony. The Class of 2018 gathered at EagleBank Arena at George Mason University and celebrated some significant achievements.

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