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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something significant is happening Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s National School Lunch Week.

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

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

Want to be on the Roanoke County School Board?

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

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

College is getting more expensive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer is over.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High school graduations are in full swing.

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

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

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

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

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

Spring is here and so is graduation season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tablets for everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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