Karina Elwood

Washington, D.C.

Local reporter covering schools in Virginia

Education: University of Florida, BS in journalism

Karina Elwood joined the Post in 2021 on the local politics and government team. She previously reported at the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel.
Latest from Karina Elwood

Fairfax Schools removes mentions of race in ads for college prep program

Virginia Attorney General Jason S. Miyares sent a letter to Cooper Middle School in March, alleging that the school was offering the program only for certain racial or ethnic groups.

June 1, 2023

Loudoun Schools ordered to turn over review of handling of sexual assaults

The report has to be turned over to the Virginia attorney general within seven days, a spokeswoman for his office said.

May 30, 2023

Appeals court upholds Thomas Jefferson High School’s admission policy

The ongoing legal battle between the Coalition for TJ and the Fairfax County School Board is over the admissions process, which was revised in 2020.

May 23, 2023

Student shot outside KIPP D.C. College Prep; school to reopen Wednesday

The school will be closed Tuesday and will reopen Wednesday.

May 22, 2023

In N. Virginia, endorsement primaries point to increasingly politicized school boards

Fairfax County Democrats are hosting an open election for school board endorsements pointing to increasingly politicized and partisan education politics.

May 21, 2023

Reports of Facebook threats latest controversy in deeply divided Loudoun County

The investigation stems from comments made in “Loudoun Love Warriors,” a private Facebook messaging group.

May 21, 2023

Anonymous email targets Oakton High School’s Black cheerleading coach

An email was sent to the new head cheer coach welcoming her to the team and expressing concerns that previous coaches were Black.

May 18, 2023

Virginia automatically renews thousands of teaching licenses amid delays

The Virginia Board of Education took the emergency action after processing delays were affecting thousands of teachers, possibly keeping them out of classrooms next year.

May 11, 2023

Alexandria school board appoints first Black woman as superintendent

Melanie Kay-Wyatt has been the interim superintendent since superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. announced his departure last summer.

May 4, 2023

Arlington family seeks $10M over classroom cotton picking game

The family of an Arlington middle-schooler is seeking a $10 million settlement after they say their son was forced to play a game involving picking cotton.

May 2, 2023