Charlottesville Tomorrow

Charlottesville Tomorrow is a non-profit community news platform covering growth, development, public education, and local politics. News about our public schools appears here through a partnership between C-VILLE and Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Matt Shields, a physics teacher at Charlottesville High School, talks about the changing role of a teacher during last weekend’s Tom Tom Founder Festival. Photo: Tim Shea

Education beat: County balks at funding Yancey learning center and other school news

Our education reporting appears thanks to a partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow. The funding future for an “intergenerational learning center” at Yancey Elementary is unclear after the Albemarle School Board met last week. “We need to define what the programming for an intergenerational center is to get a better vision of where we take this,” school […]

Albemarle students competed in the division’s spelling bee last week. Seven students will now represent Albemarle at the regional competition. Photo: Tim Shea

Education Beat: School funding amendment falls short in Richmond

Our education beat coverage appears thanks to a partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow. Legislation to change the state’s funding formula for Charlottesville and Albemarle’s education budgets has failed in Richmond. Known locally as the “Bell Amendment,” for local sponsor and Albemarle Republican Delegate Rob Bell, the budget amendment would have taken into account the two communities’ […]

U.S. Olympian Alice Schmidt, who ran in the Beijing and London games, visited Greer Elementary to teach students about the importance of physical fitness. Photo: Tim Shea

Education Beat: School funding commission predicts $2 to $4 million shortfall

The Blue Ribbon Commission—a 13-member citizen panel charged with tackling the city schools’ funding woes —predicted a $2 to $4 million funding gap last week during its final report to Charlottesville’s City Council and school board. The report features near- and long-term “action alternatives” local officials could adopt to stem the division’s recent budget shortfalls. […]

Jackson-Via students respond to questions asked by a representative from the Museum of Frontier Culture. Photo: Tim Shea

Education Beat: Delegate seeks shift in state funding for schools

Legislation to change the state funding formula for Charlottesville and Albemarle’s education budgets has been introduced again before the General Assembly in Richmond. The proposed budget amendment, known as the “Bell Amendment” and named after its patron, local Republican Delegate Rob Bell, would take the two communities’ 1982 revenue sharing agreement into account when calculating […]

CHS’ Pop Quiz/Scholastic Bowl team recently finished first nationwide in a field of 300 teams for the 3-2-1 Knowledge Competition. The accomplishment qualifies the team for this summer’s National Academic Championship. Photo: Tim Shea

Education Beat: CHS to extend school hours for struggling students

Some Charlottesville High School students are attending class at night, thanks to the extension of a supplemental learning program prompted in part by concerns over dropout and attendance rates. The Work Achieves Lasting Knowledge Program (WALK), which began in 2007, and which helped 82 CHS students earn diplomas in the 2012-13 school year, is an alternative learning initiative […]

Senator Mark Warner spoke via videoconference to a CHS class about global citizenship last week. Photo: Dan Hennicke

Education Beat: Officials debate future of Yancey Elementary

Our Education Beat coverage is the result of a partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow. A year after elected officials charged a citizen work group to find additional uses for the chronically under-enrolled Yancey Elementary School, the group has proposed transforming the Esmont school into an “intergenerational learning center.” On Thursday, the Yancey Workgroup recommended that the school […]

Lindsay Snoddy, Environmental Compliance Manager for Albemarle County Public Schools, shows off solar thermal panels on the roof of Henley Middle School. Photo: Tim Shea

Education Beat: SOL reform tops schools’ legislative priorities list

Our Education Beat coverage appears thanks to a partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow.  Officials from Charlottesville and Albemarle schools are hoping their students take fewer standardized tests in the coming years. At recent meetings with the area’s Virginia General Assembly delegation, representatives from both divisions cited reforming the Standards of Learning tests as a priority. Albemarle […]

CATEC Culinary Arts Director Bob Bressan (R) helps student Brandon Lamb make turkey gravy for CATEC's 12th annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser. Photo: Tim Shea

Education Beat: CATEC’s annual fundraiser a feast of opportunity

Our Education Beat coverage is the result of a partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow.  Two days before Thanksgiving, Bob Bressan was in the throes of organizing the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center’s 12th annual Thanksgiving fundraiser, rattling off orders for walnut stuffing and ham biscuits, reminding students to take turkey gravy off the stove, and running pots […]

Volunteers serve food during the City Schoolyard Garden and Buford Middle School’s Fall Harvest Festival. Photo: Tim Shea

Education Beat: School enrollment shows steady growth

Our Education Beat coverage is the result of a partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow.  For the third straight year, school enrollment in Charlottesville and Albemarle is on the rise. Seven of Charlottesville’s nine schools grew, bringing the division total to 4,085 students—the first time the division’s enrollment has broken the 4,000-student threshold in the last six […]

Buford science teacher Sarah Edwards talks to a student during a lesson about temperature. Photo courtesy of Charlottesville Tomorrow

Buford opens new science labs, and other school news

Students at Buford Middle School are now learning about science, technology, engineering, and math in four state-of-the-art labs that feature 3D printing capabilities. The ribbon-cutting ceremony last week kicked off the Buford Engineering Design Academy, a $1.4 million, 9,600-square-foot renovation at Buford. It also tagged Buford as the first public school in Virginia to become […]

The Charlottesville String Ensemble plays on the Downtown Mall to kick off fundraising for their summer 2014 trip to France. Photo courtesy Charlottesville Tomorrow

Albemarle schools revisiting class rank reporting

Our regular Education Beat reporting is the result of a partnership with the nonprofit community news platform Charlottesville Tomorrow, which covers growth, development, public education, and local politics. Albemarle County Public Schools announced last week that the division has been reviewing its policy of reporting class rankings to college admissions offices. The review is the […]

The Albemarle High School choir performs during a September 11 memorial service. Photo courtesy Charlottesville Tomorrow

Albemarle pushes back against new accreditation system

Our regular Education Beat reporting is the result of a partnership with the nonprofit community news platform Charlottesville Tomorrow, which covers growth, development, public education, and local politics. Virginia’s public schools have two accountability systems that determine whether a school and division become accredited. Accreditation by the state reflects pass rates in math, history and […]

The Charlottesville High School marching band practices in the parking lot before class. Photo courtesy Charlottesville Tomorrow

City schools oppose state takeovers, and other education news

Our regular Education Beat reporting is the result of a partnership with the nonprofit community news platform Charlottesville Tomorrow, which covers growth, development, public education, and local politics. The Charlottesville School Board unanimously adopted two resolutions last week, affirming its commitment to local control of Charlottesville’s public schools. The first resolution opposes the Opportunity Educational […]

Almost 300 people of all ages formed a human chain between the old and new libraries in Crozet last week, passing the last of the 33,000 volumes hand-to-hand to their new home. Photo courtesy Charlottesville Tomorrow

Crozet turns out for new library

Our regular Education Beat reporting is the result of a partnership with the nonprofit community news platform Charlottesville Tomorrow, which covers growth, development, public education, and local politics. Nearly 300 people formed a human chain through Downtown Crozet last week. Passing books from one person to the next, The Book Brigade, which snaked along Railroad […]

A teacher talks to students during an auto repair course on the first day of school at CATEC. Photo: Tim Shea.

City, County schools’ SOL scores fall

Our regular Education Beat reporting is the result of a partnership with the nonprofit community news platform Charlottesville Tomorrow, which covers growth, development, public education, and local politics.  Both Charlottesville and Albemarle schools saw pass rates drop on Standards of Learning exams in English and science, according to reports from the Virginia Department of Education. Albemarle […]