Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Crystal Vanison, the education committee chair of the Alexandria chapter of the NAACP, thanks attendees of a March 12 forum with ACPS Superintendent Morton Sherman and others.
Tuesday, March 19
To the editor, On behalf of the Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP, we would like to thank everyone that attended the question-and-answer session with ACPS Superintendent Morton Sherman on March 12. Your questions and ours show that there is much work to be done. As stated during the forum, the NAACP strives to ensure that all students have access to an equal and high-quality public education by eliminating education-related racial and ethnic disparities in our public schools. As the education committee chair and Alexandria Branch as a whole, we plan to become more active in the community to ensure that our mission is not in vain. Whether it is a PTA or School Board meeting, City Council hearing or wherever we need to be, we plan to be …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Event will be held Tuesday night at Charles Houston Recreation Center.
The Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP has invited the public to attend a question-and-answer session on Tuesday with Morton Sherman, superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 905 Wythe St. Branch leadership criticized ACPS for the Feb. 5 arrest of a 10-year-old Douglas MacArthur Elementary School student for an incident involving a toy gun, calling it “senseless” and “insensitive” because “by all accounts, everyone knew” the toy wasn't a weapon. Branch President James Williams and Vice President Jacqueline Johnson said at the time they planned to meet with Sherman to address the incident and how it was handled. The student, who is African …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Sengel says the incident can be "best handled" within Alexandria's school system.
The 10-year-old Douglas MacArthur Elementary school student who was arrested Feb. 5 for an incident involving a toy gun on a school bus will not face criminal charges, according to reports from The Alexandria Times and The Washington Post. • See Patch's previous story: MacArthur Student Handed Weapons Charge Following Toy Gun Incident “We did not feel it was appropriate or productive to proceed with criminal prosecution and believe the matter can be best handled administratively within the school system,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Sengel told The Washington Post. The student showed the toy gun to students on a bus ride home from school on Feb. 4. The mother of another student learned of the incident and contacted the school. MacArthur …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Alexandria NAACP branch leadership plans meeting with ACPS officials.
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The Alexandria branch of the NAACP is criticizing the Feb. 5 arrest of a 10-year-old Douglas MacArthur Elementary School student for an incident involving a toy gun, calling it “senseless” and “insensitive” in a statement sent to Patch Sunday evening because “by all accounts, everyone knew” the toy wasn't a weapon. Branch President James Williams and Vice President Jacqueline Johnson said they plan to meet with Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman to address the incident and how it was handled. The student is African American. • See Patch’s previous coverage on gun laws: Biden in Richmond "We Cannot Remain Silent on Guns" “While we are sensitive to and share in the legitimate safety concerns …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Students serving suspensions receive inspirational talk from former boxer Tony Suggs.
The Community Coordination Committee of the Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP hosted an outreach activity to students at the city’s Interim Education Program on Monday at the Stonewall Jackson building on S. Quaker Lane. Alexandria City Public School’s Interim Ed Program allows students who have committed various disciplinary infractions a chance to earn credit for completing assignments while serving suspensions from their regular schools. The program keeps the students in the classroom and off the streets. “You’re on a track to go in the wrong direction or you’re going to learn how to get on the right track,” Community Coordination Chair Jackie Surratt told the students. “We’re here to reach down and help you get up.” The students received…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Patch is cosponsoring a mayoral and city council candidate forum with ACTion Alexandria and the local chapter of the NAACP.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Along with ACTion Alexandria and the Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP, Patch is presenting a forum for mayoral and city council candidates in Alexandria at 7 p.m. Monday at the George Washington Middle School auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the forum expected to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature a one-on-one debate between Democratic Mayor Bill Euille and independent challenger Andrew Macdonald. The half-hour head-to-head will follow a 90-minute forum featuring all 12 council candidates. Del Ray Patch editor Drew Hansen will serve as a moderator alongside NAACP member Alexis Stackhouse. John Porter of ACTion Alexandria will serve as emcee. We hope to see you there! For more information about the candidates, …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Complaint against school system alleges Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology admissions policy violates Civil Rights Act of 1964
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA -- Two months after local advocacy groups filed a discrimination complaint against Fairfax County Public Schools, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights launched a formal investigation into the claims Wednesday. On July 23, the Fairfax County branch of the NAACP and the advocacy group Coalition of the Silence submitted a formal complaint alleging FCPS is perpetuating discrimination against black, Latino and disabled students through the admission process for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. "Our hope is that this investigation will shine a bright enough spotlight on these issues to solve it not just for students in Fairfax County but for students across the nation," Tina Hone, …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Initiative is part of NAACP's "16 on the 16th" initiative.
The NAACP is partnering with Alfred Street Baptist Church in Old Town and the Northern Virginia Coalition of Black Civic Participation on Saturday to register voters as part of the NAACP's "16 on the 16th" mobilization challenge. The national challenge was issued by NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock, an associate minister of Alfred Street Church. Church members across the country have pledged to register 16 voters each to honor the memory of the Sept. 15, 1963 bombing at 16th Street Baptist Church. That day, four girls - Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair - were murdered when members of the KKK set off explosives during a church service. "We will focus on communities in Alexandria with vulnerable voting …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
School Board will address adult education programs at Thursday evening meeting, as well as host a Saturday morning meeting to solicit community feedback.
No changes have been made to Adult Education English Language Learners and Adult Basic Education for this school year, according to the School Board’s chairman, although the board will discuss the issue at its Thursday evening meeting. The GED program will continue for currently enrolled students. All of these programs are funded through June 2012, according to the School Board. "All students in these programs should feel assured that their classes will continue in January," the board said in a statement. The School Board "takes seriously our responsibility to ensure that our programs are continually improving to better serve our students," Chairman Sheryl Gorsuch said. The Alexandria community has been afire with comments on listservs and…