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Friday news round up

It’s Friday, folks, and that means it’s time for a roundup of recent news. I’ve been away for a few days so here are some things that happened involving Fairfax County education recently.

First, there was a community meeting last week organized by parents who wanted to express disapproval about plans to renovate Haycock Elementary in Falls Church. About 200 people showed up to the meeting held on Oct. 23 to talk about the upcoming renovation, scheduled to begin in 2015. The parents contend that the renovation will not add enough space to sufficiently address the school’s crowding problems. Read about the meeting here.

Also in the news: Fairfax County School Board voted to defer plans for the first proposed charter school in Northern Virginia, the Fairfax Leadership Academy. The board’s decision will delay opening of the charter school by at least a year, to fall 2014. The board also told the school’s founders to look for a new site. The board determined that the old Graham Road Elementary facility would not work. Read about the decision here and here.

Last, my colleague Jay Mathews wrote a column about the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the premier public school in Fairfax County and the nation.

He proposes that Fairfax open a new school, based on some of the same principles at TJ, for at-risk and low-income kids.

In a way, that’s exactly what the founders of the Fairfax Leadership Academy want their charter school to do.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.


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