Unadjusted SOL Scores in Fredericksburg Show Ups and Downs

Division shared information about preliminary results on Monday. City students’ unadjusted SOL test scores from this spring show some ups and some downs over last year, according to information shared with the School Board on Monday. The unadjusted scores represent the scores from all tests taken in April and May of this year, minus failing […]

Cell Phone Ban Adopted in King George County Schools

School divisions in Stafford and Caroline are also considering banning mobile devices during the school day. King George County Public Schools this week became the first area school division to implement a total ban on cell phones, and similar bans are being considered in Stafford and Caroline county schools. The King George School Board adopted […]

FOIA Requests Ignored in Spotsylvania

Lisa Phelps and April Gillespie were asked by School Board Chair Lorita Daniels to comply with a FOIA request regarding the Riverbend High School swim team. The two have still not fully complied. Spotsylvania School Board Chair Lorita Daniels sent official letters earlier this year to two School Board members asking that they comply with […]

EDUCATION 540: Yes. Smartphones Need to Go …

… but bans won’t deliver the results people expect until adults realize their own complicity in the issue. Editor’s Note: Welcome to the first in an occasional series about the state of education in the 540. These essays feature those on the frontlines of education who also respect research, appreciate the complexities of policy, and […]

City Schools to Purchase 10 New Electric Buses

Purchase will be funded by grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Fredericksburg City Public Schools has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the Environnmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus program, which it will use to purchase 10 new electric school buses. The 10 new buses will be added to the existing electric bus fleet […]

Spotsylvania Teacher Did Not Include Fredericksburg Employment on Resume

Candyce Carter, a 2nd grade teacher at Spotswood Elementary, was arrested last week at the school and charged with possession of narcotics and felony child endangerment. Candyce Carter, the Spotsylvania teacher who was arrested last week on drug and child endangerment charges, did not include her three-month employment with Fredericksburg City Public Schools on her […]

Spotsylvania Teacher Arrested, Accused of Striking Child

Arrest was related to an incident that occurred in April. The accused teacher was previously interviewed in 2017 regarding another accusation of assaulting a student – that case was deemed unfounded. Gloria Joan Jackson, a behavioral interventionist with Spotsylvania County Public Schools, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery for striking […]

Spotsylvania Teacher Arrested for Drugs Worked for Fredericksburg City Schools until November

Parents and teachers in Fredericksburg raised concerns to administration. Hiring in Spotsylvania surfaces questions about the district’s hiring process at that time. Candyce Carter, the 2nd grade teacher for Spotsylvania County Public Schools who was arrested last week on charges of possession of narcotics, child endangerment, and child neglect or abuse, was previously a teacher […]

Pizza Gets Hugh Mercer Students Excited About Recycling

The Fredericksburg Clean and Green Commission and R-Board sponsored a paper recycling contest at the school this month. When the kindergarteners in Ashley Rogers’ class at Hugh Mercer Elementary School learned that they could win a pizza party for recycling the most paper, they knew they were up to the challenge. “They were like, ‘Oh, […]