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Wednesday 01/28/2015
How will the Norfolk Southern announcement impact schools?
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 10:36 am

Norfolk Southern Corp. announced Tuesday it plans to relocate 500 of its Roanoke employees to Norfolk or Atlanta. It will be probably be a while before we know/feel the full extent of the announcement, but there was a glimpse Tuesday of what it might mean for one local school division.

Thursday 01/22/2015
No Child Left Behind reauthorization cheat sheet
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 12:27 pm

The reauthorization of No Child Left Behind didn’t come up in the State of the Union Address, which was par for the course, but no worries there was no shortage of discussion about the law Wednesday.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
The State of the Union and education
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Planning on watching the State of the Union address tonight? Yes?

Tuesday 01/06/2015
Five education stories I’m watching in 2015
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Welcome to 2015. As we kick off the new year, what's on the education agenda? Here are my five local education stories to watch in 2015 in no particular order.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
What do you give teachers for the holidays?
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 3:18 pm

This is it. The final week of school for 2014. Students are eagerly eying a nice winter break and I’ll bet teachers are too. If you’ve got a school aged kid you might be thinking about what to get their teacher or teachers for the holidays.

Friday 12/05/2014
Roanoke County School Board to debate superintendent candidates
Posted: December 05, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Something significant is happening Saturday.

Tuesday 12/02/2014
SOLs and teacher prep -- two education stories you may have missed
Posted: December 02, 2014 - 12:01 pm

In the lead up to Thanksgiving and all the prep that goes along with Turkey Day, you may have missed a story or two. Here are two significant education stories that may have been off your radar last week during the holiday.

Tuesday 11/25/2014
What other PH group has traveled to Hawaii?
Posted: November 25, 2014 - 11:26 am

When members of the Patrick Henry High School band land in Hawaii next week they’ll be making history as part of the group going on the band’s biggest trip.

Tuesday 11/11/2014
What you need to know about Roanoke schools and VH1
Posted: November 11, 2014 - 3:25 pm

So you've obviously heard by now that Roanoke City Schools are planning a celebration of sorts and it will include a special guest, country music star Hunter Hayes.

Wednesday 11/05/2014
Remember when Marvin Thompson was superintendent?
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 11:56 am

We learned more about applicants for Roanoke County Schools superintendent this week, but not their names.

Friday 10/31/2014
Too early for snow days?
Posted: October 31, 2014 - 1:12 pm

It’s way too early to talk about snow days, but let’s do it anyway.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
Everything you need to know about outsourcing
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 11:08 am

First school buses, then school nurses -- now substitutes?

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Revisiting school start times
Posted: October 28, 2014 - 10:58 am

It wasn't too long ago we took a look at local school start times and a study on how early school hours can affect students.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Have you turned in your application for superintendent?
Posted: October 21, 2014 - 11:06 am

The deadline for applications for Roanoke County Schools superintendent is this Friday.

Friday 10/17/2014
The chart about education funding you must see
Posted: October 17, 2014 - 11:15 am

Virginia is spending less on K-12 education than it did in 2008.

Monday 10/13/2014
It’s National School Lunch Week -- what should you know about school lunch?
Posted: October 13, 2014 - 3:26 pm

It’s National School Lunch Week.

Thursday 09/25/2014
How do local divisions rank when it comes to grad rates
Posted: September 25, 2014 - 10:41 am

On-time graduation rates, which measure how many students enter ninth grade and graduate four years later, were released by the state Thursday.

Monday 09/22/2014
Who will apply for Roanoke County School Board?
Posted: September 22, 2014 - 10:51 am

Want to be on the Roanoke County School Board?

Thursday 09/18/2014
Teacher of the Year: Meet the competition
Posted: September 18, 2014 - 10:10 am

Roanoke teacher Matthew Newton was named the area's top teacher Wednesday putting him in the running to be the state's Teacher of the Year. Newton represents the Region 6 area.

Friday 09/05/2014
The cost of college (in particular community college)
Posted: September 05, 2014 - 11:54 am

College is getting more expensive.

Thursday 08/28/2014
Students and technology: a few stories to read
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Roanoke eighth graders are well on their way to having their own laptops after school system leaders OK'd a new laptop initiative.

Tuesday 08/26/2014
School start times and catching up on zzzzs
Posted: August 26, 2014 - 11:08 am

Unless you’ve been asleep at the wheel you may have noticed some discussion yesterday about school start times and student sleep.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Buses ready to roll in Roanoke County
Posted: August 19, 2014 - 2:17 pm

It’s T-minus six days until school buses roll in Roanoke County.

Monday 08/18/2014
Roanoke County wants your input on a superintendent
Posted: August 18, 2014 - 2:45 pm

The race to fill the shoes of Roanoke County Schools Superintendent Lorraine Lange is off to a quick start.

Wednesday 08/13/2014
How to prepare students for life after high school
Posted: August 13, 2014 - 1:14 pm

In between creating a laptop initiative and making a run at some serious grant money, the Roanoke School Board also talked Tuesday about how to prepare to student for the world after high school and what exactly that means.

Monday 08/11/2014
All the back to school details you need
Posted: August 11, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Summer is over.

Monday 08/04/2014
Mark your calendar: back to school
Posted: August 04, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Ready or not, it's back to school time.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
More on Happy Healthy Cooks
Posted: July 16, 2014 - 4:41 pm

In today’s paper we had a story about how the Healthy Happy Cooks program wants students to say yum, not yuck, to healthy eating.

Thursday 06/26/2014
The importance of principals
Posted: June 26, 2014 - 2:37 pm

In recent weeks there’s been plenty of time (and newsprint) dedicated to principal searches in Roanoke.

Tuesday 06/24/2014
RCPS+ update and flashback
Posted: June 24, 2014 - 2:23 pm

At tonight's Roanoke School Board work session Superintendent Rita Bishop is expected to update officials on RCPS+

Wednesday 06/18/2014
Principal recap: who's going where
Posted: June 18, 2014 - 12:21 pm

A handful of principal vacancies in the city have meant months of community meetings and candidate introductions. Are you having a hard time keeping it all straight?

Monday 06/09/2014
What else you should know about dual enrollment
Posted: June 09, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Northside High School senior Tyler Langhorn recently became the first from his school to earn a certificate of general studies while also getting his high school diploma. He's also on track to be getting an associate degree later this spring or summer, another first.

Tuesday 06/03/2014
Link roundup: Roanoke students graduate
Posted: June 03, 2014 - 2:53 pm

High school graduations are in full swing.

Wednesday 05/28/2014
Can you spell excited?
Posted: May 28, 2014 - 9:05 am

The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, or at least the day I’ve been waiting for.

Wednesday 05/21/2014
Graduations march on
Posted: May 21, 2014 - 10:26 am

Here’s the second in an occasional series of round ups of graduation coverage.

Friday 05/16/2014
What’s in a superintendent search?
Posted: May 16, 2014 - 10:09 am

About a week ago the Roanoke County School Board took the small, but likely first, step in what will be the search for its next superintendent.

Friday 05/09/2014
Let the commencements commence
Posted: May 09, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Spring is here and so is graduation season.

Friday 05/02/2014
Meet some of the area’s top teaching talent
Posted: May 02, 2014 - 3:20 pm

As the school year creeps to a close, area school systems put out the call for the best of the best when it comes to teaching.

Thursday 05/01/2014
A few SOL stories to read during testing season
Posted: May 01, 2014 - 9:26 am

Since it’s around that time of year, testing season, here are a few stories chronicling the latest with Virginia’s Standards of Learning.

Tuesday 04/22/2014
Career tech talk
Posted: April 22, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Sen. Tim Kaine was in town yesterday and hosted a roundtable discussion with area women community leaders and one of the things he touched on was career and technical education, something he’s been pushing in the Senate.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
What’s on a superintendent’s reading list?
Posted: April 09, 2014 - 2:08 pm

I can’t tell you what’s lining superintendents’ bookshelves or the latest download on their tablets, but I can give you a little insight into what Roanoke Superintendent Rita Bishop has been reading recently.

Tuesday 04/08/2014
Video: Westside debaters in action
Posted: April 08, 2014 - 10:31 am

By now you’ve read about the talented, and pretty adorable, Westside Elementary School debate team. The group heads out Thursday for D.C. where they will hang out with Howard University’s debate team and do some sightseeing.

Tuesday 04/01/2014
Who is Virginia’s next state superintendent?
Posted: April 01, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Virginia Association of School Superintendents executive director Steve Staples was named the state’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction on Monday.

Wednesday 03/26/2014
What else you need to know about the e-Learning Backpack Initiative
Posted: March 26, 2014 - 9:47 am

Tablets for everyone!

Monday 03/17/2014
The fate of makeup days in Roanoke County
Posted: March 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Today’s mess of ice, snow and rain has meant a 10th inclement weather day for Roanoke County students and staff, and this one will have to be made up. But how?

Wednesday 03/05/2014
Viral video: deployed mom's homecoming surprise
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 2:59 pm

If you haven’t heard the story of Marquia Rivera and how she surprised her 10-year-old son at Grandin Court Elementary School yesterday then grab a tissue and check it out.

Tuesday 03/04/2014
Outsourcing, part-time benefits recap
Posted: March 04, 2014 - 12:57 pm

A chaotic scene played out across Roanoke County on Friday when several dozen bus drivers called in sick to protest cuts to benefits causing the system to dismiss early without bus service, but Tuesday buses were running.

Friday 02/14/2014
Snow days and school meals
Posted: February 14, 2014 - 9:41 am

While trapped inside yesterday did anyone keep up with the very entertaining, but worthy of serious discussion, Twitter battle between beloved TV weather man Al Roker and new New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio?

Thursday 02/13/2014
Some reading for snowy weather
Posted: February 13, 2014 - 10:24 am

Since you’re likely trapped under a blanket of snow, settle in for some edu reading.

Tuesday 02/11/2014
A snow update from the Roanoke School Board meeting
Posted: February 11, 2014 - 10:18 pm

You can read all about what transpired at tonight’s Roanoke School Board meeting in tomorrow’s paper. Hint: it involves capital projects and Round Hill Elementary School.

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