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Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: As school days near, savoring the last day of a summer together

Ed. — This column originally ran in the Friday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — On Labor Day, the end of our summer, we are together in the madhouse, making coffee, figuring out chores, awaiting the start of the… Continue Reading

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A new principal joins the community at rural school in Creeds

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Getting to know the community and the students is the key to being an effective elementary school principal, according to Douglas Knapp, the new principal at Creeds Elementary School. Knapp, who replaced Casey Conger as… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach School Board Member Victoria Manning

BY VICTORIA MANNING As a parent, I continue to be actively involved in my sons’ education. I have volunteered in their classrooms, chaperoned field trips, assisted in Scouts and other activities. In my community, I have been active in my… Continue Reading

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After postponement, student-led Gay-Straight Alliance event at Cox High School brings hundreds together

BY COURTNEY HERRICK  GREAT NECK – People packed the auditorium at Frank W. Cox High School on Monday, Jan. 30, for the school’s first ever Gay-Straight Alliance assembly – a forum called “Love Is Love” that was organized by the… Continue Reading

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How learning took flight at this year’s Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — More than 6,000 students, many from Virginia Beach public schools, attended a special STEM event at the Naval Air Station Oceana on Friday, Sept. 9. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math,… Continue Reading

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In October, help feed hungry Virginia Beach students through Beach Bags

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The city schools division is hosting  two food drives in October to support the Beach Bags program, which provides meals to students who don’t have enough to eat. The program is supported by community members… Continue Reading