Feb. 20-26: General Assembly Considers Controversial Bills

Catch up on news from the General Assembly

Administrators behind a pilot that will put Level IV Advanced Academic Placement (AAP) curriculum in every third- through sixth-grade classroom of one Fairfax County pyramid say it will "raise the bar" on student achievement and offer teachers more learning tools. But teachers charged with implementing the program are not only in the way it creates inequity among county students but also in how it was developed without staff input or buy-in.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is , fearing they could reach more than $4 by the end of April.

General Assembly 2012:

  • Pushback on a bill that may have required women seeking an abortion to undergo an invasive ultrasound caused Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and GOP delegates to . House Republicans submitted amendments that still require ultrasounds before a pregnancy may be terminated, but women may decline a transvaginal procedure.
  • Democrats Thursday in an effort to pressure Republicans into giving them more power in the chamber's committees.
  • A House subcommittee defeated a Senate-approved bill that would have .
  • Del. Mark Keam (D-35th District) wrote a Letter to the Editor to say bills in the House of Delegates have been divisive and stray from more important state issues.

Oakton Patch , two standout Oakton High girls soccer players who have signed to play at the University of North Carolina Charlotte next fall.


The Oakton High girls basketball team worked its way through the Northern Region Tournament bracket to advance to the championship game, scheduled for Monday. To catch up on the Cougars' regionals run, click here.

The Flint Hill School girls basketball upset Bullis School in the Independent School League semifinals to advance to the championship game, where they fell to Georgetown Visitation on Sunday.


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