2 Arlington Teachers Enter Hall of Fame National Honor Is First for Virginia Educators
Two teachers from Arlington were among the five chosen to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame this year.
Marilyn Barrueta, a Spanish teacher at Yorktown High School, and Karen Crow Roark, an assistant principal at Long Branch Elementary School, represent the first educators from Virginia to be so honored.
Road Building Proposal Turns on Parkland Construction Offered in Swap for Loudoun Site
A private construction group has asked Loudoun County for permission to build more than $200 million worth of public roads. But the deal is contingent upon Loudoun's approval of a complex and controversial proposal from developer Leonard S. "Hobie" Mitchel involving county parkland.
Without the housing and commercial development, the private construction group -- Bethesda-based Clark Construction Group LLC and its Northern Virginia-based roads subsidiary, Shirley Contracting Co. -- does not have the money to pay for the promised highway projects near Leesburg.
Mitchel has asked the county to give him 400 acres of county parkland -- where Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park is slated to be built -- for his Creekside development in exchange for 500 acres nearby.
First Request for 'No Child' Waiver Denied State Sought Exemption for Immigrant Students
The U.S. Department of Education rejected Virginia's first request for a waiver from part of the No Child Left Behind law.
Virginia educators, who have argued that the state's standardized testing program fulfills the law's intent, have asked to be exempt from several provisions of the law and have been waiting since January for formal responses. In the rejected request, the state sought permission to skip reading and writing tests for immigrant kindergartners and first-graders.
Donations Pour In for Governor's Race Candidates Report $5 Million in 1st Quarter
Virginia's candidates for governor reported that their campaigns raised almost $5 million during the first three months of the year, bringing their fundraising totals to more than $15 million with about seven months to go before the Nov. 8 general election.
Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) raised the most, reporting $2.6 million in contributions from January through March. Former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore (R) said his campaign raised $1.7 million during the same time.
Pain Doctor Gets 25 Years for Trafficking Prescriptions Blamed for 1 Death, 2 Injuries
A federal judge in Alexandria sentenced pain doctor William E. Hurwitz, 59, to 25 years in prison, accusing him of lying to the jury during his narcotics trafficking trial and ignoring repeated warnings that he was prescribing dangerous quantities of drugs.
U.S. District Judge Leonard D. Wexler told Hurwitz that he knew some of his patients were selling or abusing OxyContin and other drugs but that his prescription writing never slowed. Hurwitz was convicted in December of running a drug conspiracy out of his office and trafficking in narcotics, causing the death of a patient and seriously injuring two others.
Patriot Act a Threat to Schools, GMU Says Investigative Reach May Cost Academic Freedom
George Mason University's faculty senate passed a resolution critical of the broad investigative powers granted to law enforcement agencies after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying they could have a chilling effect on academic freedom.
"The preservation of civil rights and liberties is essential to the well-being of a democratic society and an academic environment," the resolution reads.
The 2 1/2-page resolution calls on university administrators to inform students if authorities seek their school records and to make sure students know that authorities can secretly view their library records, bookstore purchases and electronic communication.