Learning Resources for Families

Welcome to week one of social distancing! As we re-configure our lives around the changes of schooling, work and socializing, we need to remember, these are not snow days. I’m seeing that a lot on the news feeds I follow. How do we keep our young ones moving forward without benefit of camps, or vacation, or neighborhood snow day parties?

Looking for ideas to supplement what your school provided? Let’s start with this ones that are not about "ed tech"...

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Legislative Update: Disciplinary Options

This is a huge moment, whose time is long over-due.

Friday Feb 25th, both the Senate and House bills - SB3/HB256 - passed. This eliminates a Class 1 misdemeanor charge for disruptive behavior in school or at school events....

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Did you plug in the bus?


I'm excited! The bill in the House may be dead, but a similar one in the Senate, SB988 has crossed over to the House! This legislation would authorize Dominion Energy to “implement projects designed to encourage the proliferation of school buses that are fueled in whole or in part by electricity, along with associated charging and other infrastructure, for the purpose of transporting students and that may also serve as electric grid stabilization or peak saving resources”, then report back to the Legislature for future implementation planning.

The bill addresses how our schools can be responsive to our community and global conservation needs, in keeping with our county’s vision on the environment. Arlington is on the list of pilot schools to receive at least one free bus from Dominion Energy to test the performance and demonstrate the benefits.According to the webpage, “The buses also provide environmental and health benefits through reduced emissions, and reduce operation and maintenance costs for schools by up to 60 percent.”Saving operating and maintenance costs? Now that I can get behind,

How about another way to save transportation costs?  I went to high school in Chicago. I never rode a school bus – we all took public transportation. What if we stop running buses for high school students? APS could partner with Arlington Transit (ART) to provide subsidized fares for our high schools students. This shouldn’t sound farfetched. ART already has a Student iRide program, providing school age children with a $1 fare for any ride. And APS and ART are already running a pilot program providing 2 fully subsidized rides per day to Arlington Career Center students. We need to expand options for public transportation in Arlington. A school-community partnership like this would have immediate and longterm benefits.

School Board Work Session: English Language Arts

The School Board Work Session of Jan. 16 was very informative, an example of great interaction between SB members and the English Language Arts (ELA) department on our literacy programs. The principals who presented were particularly insightful. Worth the watching the replay...


Candidate Introduction to the Arlington Democrats

Sandy was one of 5 School Board candidates who were introduced at the Arlington Democrats recent meeting. It was great to see this large slate of passionate candidates and to meet the very energized members of the ArlDems.

Sandy's remarks are posted below...

Arlington Dems Monthly Meeting


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The Choice about Key ES

“You can't please all the people all of the time”…this quote has been attributed to John Lydgate, Abe Lincoln and PT Barnum. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who said it, it matters who lives it.

We live it here in Arlington. No one seems to win in boundary changes. Yet changes must be made: a process fraught with contentions and enormous strife at times.

There are decisions that cause more angst than others; that call into question why they are being made.

Several members of the Arlington community who have been intimately involved in the process of establishing choice programs – Marjorie Meyers, former Key Principal; Emma Viola Sanchez former School Board member—as well as those who are part of choice programs, and those who will be impacted by the changes being considered by the School Board have demonstrated their belief that keeping Key at Key is to preserve a community and a school of learning that serves its students so well. I find their arguments compelling and convincing. I hope the School Board does too.




Oh, Scott

Scott McCaffrey of the Sun Gazette published the following editorial on 12 Dec 2019.

Arlington School Board members bailing out

I guess you could say that it hit a nerve, so I sent him this in response.


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