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US Secretary of Education attacks FCPS – Battle lines are drawn as public education faces the fall

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

July 14, 2020

Besty Devos has been slamming public schools and lobbing threats at non-private institutions since assuming the role of US Secretary of Education in 2017. Devos has now turned taken an interest in defunding public schools that don’t send all students back in the fall, and she’s looking directly at...

FCPS teachers push back against in-person learning

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

July 14, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the 10th biggest school division in the U.S., has been working to provide options for students during online learning. COVID-19 forced schools to close, and FCPS was sent scrambling to prepare hundreds of schools for online learning. After resistance from the supe...

The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 News Briefing – June 25

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

June 25, 2020

This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing on everything happening in DC, Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus.  Face coverings are still mandated, per the executive order signed by Governor Northam. There has been some resistance to the mask regulations, particularly in areas outside of Northern Virginia.   The Shelter In Place...

Virginia statewide primary Democratic voting guide: 11th District

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

June 23, 2020

Drastic changes have been made in Virginia politics in the past year, and more changes are likely to come. The Virginia statewide primary is on June 23, 2020. Find your polling place here if you’re eligible to vote and haven’t voted by mail.   Many Republicans are vying to take Democratic spots across the state, particularly ...

South Lakes students & Oakton student organize a local protest for Black Lives Matter

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

June 18, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement has gained international attention, sparking protests around the nation. A group of South Lakes students, as well as a student from Okaton High School, organized a protest together to combat systemic racism and inhumane policing practices.   On Sunday, June ...

The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 News Briefing – June 18

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

June 18, 2020

This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing on everything happening in DC, Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus.  Face coverings are still mandated, per the executive order signed by Governor Northam.   The Shelter In Place order fo...

Emergency police reform legislation passes in DC

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

June 18, 2020

After historic protests rocked the world, measures to alter the state of racist policing in the United States have just begun in the District of Columbia, after decades of tensions. (Read more about the protests in DC here.)   Emergency legislation regarding police reform passed through DC's...

Virginia makes Juneteenth a paid state holiday

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

June 18, 2020

The state of Virginia made international news by declaring Juneteenth a paid state holiday.  Governor Northam signed an executive order on Wednesday June 17, 2020 making Juneteenth an official holiday in the state. International superstar Pharrell stood with Governor Northam and backed the declar...

Virginia Senate Primary Voting Guide: 11th District

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

June 18, 2020

The Virginia Primary this year has all eyes trained on Reston’s political area: District 11.    Most seats are uncontested within the Democratic party, but longtime incumbent Gerald E. (Gerry) Connolly is facing off with Progressive favorite Zainab Mohsini. There are two Democrats running for the first time since 2008. Th...

The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 News Briefing – June 11

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

June 11, 2020

This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing on everything happening in DC, Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus.    After successfully reopening to phase one, Governor Northam stated that he is now slowing Northern Virginia’s transition ...

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