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2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, At Large

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for two at large seats on the Virginia Beach School Board on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Answers to our questions in this series generally are… Continue Reading

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Grand jury indicts former School Board candidate on charges related to alleged election fraud

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A grand jury has indicted a former Virginia Beach School Board candidate on charges of alleged election fraud and filing a forged document. Justin Burns, a… Continue Reading

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Burns withdraws from Virginia Beach School Board at-large race, will not appear on ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Justin Burns, a Virginia Wesleyan University student who had been seeking an at-large seat on the Virginia Beach School Board, dropped out of the race in late August, and his name does not appear on… Continue Reading

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Meals: Working to feed local students while schools remain closed due to the coronavirus

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — On Friday, March 20, public school employees stood outside Birdneck Elementary School. Throughout the morning, families drove up to the front of the school near where Birdneck Road and General Booth Boulevard meet to… Continue Reading

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Column: For high school seniors graduating during a pandemic

BY BETSY MORRIS BACK BAY — For our graduating seniors: This is a unique time in history in which the entire world is connected by uncertainty and worry. We are all adjusting to an altered lifestyle, and it feels like we… Continue Reading

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Letter: The kids are home from school so we should have a talk

Dear Editor: I hope you might please share with your readers a few things kids could do with their father during the school hiatus in Virginia Beach amid public health concerns about spreading the coronavirus. I’ve been noodling on all… Continue Reading

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Column: After scheduling a school year’s start on Rosh Hashana, Virginia Beach should consider its growing religious diversity

BY ERIC MICHAEL MAZUR Virginia Beach Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence on Friday, Jan. 30, sent a letter to “Virginia Beach City Public School Jewish Community Families” because the first day of school for the 2021-2022 academic year will fall… Continue Reading

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Stolle letter: Virginia Beach nonprofit group that endorsed pols on Election Day may have violated state election law

Ed. — This story first appeared in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A letter by Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle says a group formed by a member of the School Board may have violated… Continue Reading

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Rye selected to lead Virginia Beach School Board, calling it an ‘honor beyond words’

Ed. — This story appeared in print on Friday, Jan. 17. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Carolyn Rye is the new chairperson of the Virginia Beach School Board, taking over after the three-year tenure of Beverly Anderson, who supported Rye’s nomination on… Continue Reading

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In Virginia Beach, questions remain about political activities by nonprofit ‘teachers’ group

Ed. — This story appeared in the Friday, Nov. 29, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Weeks after Election Day, questions remain about the political activities and policy goals of a nonprofit organization that quietly was formed by a… Continue Reading