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Police reform in the Virginia legislature

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

September 17, 2020

The Virginia Legislature began a special session in August of 2020, urged by international protests calling for an end to institutional racism. The killing of Black Americans at the hands of police has spurred lawmakers to improve policing in the commonwealth. The majority of police shootings in Virginia ...

Hackers hold FCPS information ransom

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

September 15, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced on Friday, September 11, 2020 that ransomware was placed on school technology. Ransomware holds information hostage until companies pay large sums of money in exchange for its release. Ransomware cost the United States over $7.5 billion in 2019, according ...

OPINION: The Age of Athletes Not Getting Involved in Politics Is Over


Marc Goldstein, Assistant Editor in Chief

August 29, 2020

Those who are opposed to it seem to believe in the fact that Black people are not entitled to the same rights as white people. These are the same people who relish in African American culture, music, and still believe in the fact that this community is less than theirs.

Important information for the class of 2021

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

August 27, 2020

The class of 2021 is facing a senior fall like no other. Fully virtual and socially distanced, certain aspects to the year have been up in the air. Here's important and urgent information on things like senior portraits and SATs.   Senior Pictures Senior pictures will be taken on Septembe...

School year updates

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

August 18, 2020

With an uncertain school year ahead, here are some updates on subjects like course schedules, summer assignments, laptops, senior photos, SATs, spiritwear and more! Schedules Class schedules will be released on September 2nd. You can access your schedule on StudentVue School starts on Septe...

Virginia becomes first state to release a COVID-19 tracking app – You should download it

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

August 8, 2020

  Virginia has released an app, called COVIDWISE, that informs users if they have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Virginia is the first state in the United States to do so.   The app uses bluetooth technology, meaning it cannot track users. It doesn...

A man dies in the Virginia ICE facility with the U.S.’ largest coronavirus outbreak

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

August 8, 2020

A 72-year-old Canadian man died while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Immigration Center of America (ICA) detention center in Farmville, Virginia. The privately run center has the United States’ largest outbreak inside of an immigration detention center, with 315 case...

Virginia Supreme Court blocks evictions as a serious issue is exposed

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

August 8, 2020

A renting crisis is looming in the United States. The U.S. is going to experience an eviction wave like never before. Mass evictions will sweep the nation, as many renters find themselves unable to pay their rent amidst the pandemic. The Supreme Court of Virginia has placed a moratorium (a suspension or block) on evictions until September 7, 2020.   ...

FCPS renames high school in honor of Rep. John Lewis

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

August 8, 2020

The Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) School Board remanded the school Robert E. Lee High School in honor of the late Representative and activist John Lewis.    Fairfax County had been debating renaming the school for a long time, particularly after the renaming of what is now Justic...

Fairfax County goes fully online for the fall – What are other DMV schools & universities doing?

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Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

August 8, 2020

After weeks of debating, pushing back against federal attacks, fielding petitions and Facebook groups, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has decided to send students back to school digitally. After Superintendent Brabrand recommended a virtual fall, due to continued case spikes in Virginia and around the United States, the FCPS School Board informally (they did not vote) agreed to...

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