Op-Ed: Saving EPA

In keeping with his campaign promise to “get rid” of EPA “in almost every form,” and with the confirmation of Scott Pruitt for U.S. attorney general, President Trump has signaled an intent to reduce immediately the funding, staffing and powers of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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What Does ‘Historic’ Mean?

At a recent meeting, a Loudoun supervisor asked a very significant question in a discussion about a Loudoun site. She wanted to know when something is actually historic, and not just old. She said, “My grandmother has stuff in her garage from her mother. I don’t think that stuff is historic, but how do we know?” And how do we know whether a particular building or road or open field in Loudoun is historic in nature?

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Sran: Schools Are Missing the Mark in Civic Education

Are America’s schools failing or succeeding? To answer this question, we first have to decide what is the most important thing schools do. Usually, we evaluate schools using standardized test scores, including tests that are state-level (SOL), national (NAEP), international (TIMSS), or for college admissions (SAT or ACT). But this only makes sense if the most important thing schools do is to produce high scores in English and math. Similarly, while preparing students for college or for employment are important goals, neither is the most important.

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In Our Backyard: A History of Waterford Schools

Early 19th century education in Virginia was largely organized by religious groups or private individuals; in Waterford, the Society of Friends (Quakers) established an education program around 1805. According to the late historian John Divine, during the 19th and 20th centuries, the village of Waterford supported at least 10 schools, some housed in purpose-built schoolhouses and some in private residences. Many of these structures are still standing. The relatively large number of schools in this small, rural community is testimony to the value the Quakers placed on equal education for all children.

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