Recent News

The Graph

PASS Parents and Friends: If you have been on our list for a while, you are no-doubt familiar with “the graph” – the bar graph detailing per-pupil/per-year spending by jurisdiction in our region. (It only includes spending on operations – not capital expenditures.) The Virginia Department of

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Welcome new PASS parents – and why teachers leave

PASS Parents and Friends:  During back-to-school, we added a few hundred parents to our e-mail list – thanks to all of you who signed up. You will receive periodic e-mails from us on topics related to education. Parents’ Alliance for Strong Schools (PASS) was created in the

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Respect the Process (and PASS column):

In weeks to come, you are going to be hearing a lot about the long-term facilities plan that is currently before the School Board. It proposes some extensive changes over its 30-year life, and like anything that proposes change, it is bound to engender some controversy. The

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Shout-out to the coaches, directors, and others who make extra-curriculars happen

PASS Parents and Friends: As you know by now, we at PASS are big fans of teachers. What we don’t always acknowledge – and should – is the contribution made by coaches, band and play directors, and advisors who add so much to our kids’ educational experience.

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Long-term facilities

PASS Parents and friends (but especially parents ;)) —(Seth here) I know folks are busy with the end of summer break and getting ready for school and fall sports, many of which have already started,but I want to bring an important item to your attention and encourage

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A Partnership with Teachers

PASS Parents and friends (but especially parents ;)) – As the summer begins to wind down, we can begin to see the upcoming start of school on the horizon. As the teachers and others prepare for another school year, it is a good time for parents to

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New Superintendent

PASS Parents and Friends — (Dan here.) We have some news. PASS regulars will know that, after Dr. Raley announced that he was leaving SCPS, the School Board chose to retain Dr. Mark Johnston as interim Superintendent while they searched for a permanent replacement. Tonight, the School

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National Recognition for a Principal

PASS Parents and Friends: One function PASS has sort of taken on is helping to get out positive information about our schools. A few weeks ago, in this space, you saw that Missy Hensley was selected as the Virginia High School Principal of the Year by the

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A Change at the Top

PASS Parents and Friends – As you will see in tomorrow’s papers, Dr. Raley has accepted a position as Superintendent of Schools in Goochland County, VA, and has tendered his resignation to the Shenandoah County School Board. The School Board has announced that former SCPS Human Resources

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TV News Story on Report Card

PASS Parents and Friends: As you saw in our recent e-mail, on the last day of school, PASS issued its report card grading the Supervisors on their relative level of support for education. It was the subject of a long article in NV Daily, which we posted

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