: News

Fairfax School Board Set To Vote On Budget Cuts

Play associated audio

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, Fairfax County's school board is scheduled to vote on controversial budget cuts tonight. The district is facing an estimated $176 million shortfall.

After three public hearings on the budget last week, board members agreed in principle to avoid increasing the district's average class size for the third year in a row.

The revised budget also restores some funding for assistant principal and coaching positions.

The new plan calls for the board to request a transfer of more than $77 million from the county $20 million more than first recommended by Superintendent Jack Dale.

The board will also vote on several member-proposed amendments tonight. One would save foreign language classes in elementary schools, and another would keep indoor track and freshman sports.

NPR

'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
NPR

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.
NPR

Jim Gilmore, Who Was Campaigning For President, Isn't Anymore

He had the resume — swing-state governor, veteran, ex-party leader — but there's a good chance you had no idea he was running. Judging by vote totals, Iowa and New Hampshire may have missed it too.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.