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Recently, Governor (Terry) McAuliffe signed a bill with bi-partisan support reducing the amount of SOL tests from 22 to 17, an encouraging step in an educational landscape that has become dominated by high-stakes testing. Virginia is moving in a direction that will allow for more authentic assessments. Unfortunately, Fluvanna County is not.
Students in grades three through eight take approximately 27 county mandated tests per year for the express purpose of gathering data and preparing for the SOL tests. Each computer-based test takes two to three class periods, limiting valuable instructional time. Students in grades K-2 also participate in these tests, albeit in fewer numbers.
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I enjoyed reading the excellent Fluvanna Review article by Tricia Johnson reporting her interview with Fluvanna’s Shaun Kenney, the new executive director of the Virginia Republican Party.
However, Mr. Kenney was not so forthcoming with Laura Ingraham, the radio talk show host. He was a no-show to her conservative radio program. Ingraham wanted to question Kenney about his statements that conservatives who oppose amnesty are afraid of “The Other” and that “nativists” should be driven out of the Republican party. Kenney made the statements in an office meeting that included former SEIU secretary-treasurer Eliseo Medina, according to video footage published by The Daily Caller, and on his personal blog.
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The Fluvanna SPCA requests assistance in handling a special animal population. Earlier this year, local and state officials broke up an alleged dog fighting ring and placed 10 pit bull dogs and puppies in our care. These dogs must remain with us until their court case is resolved.
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The Fluvanna Review gave a good overview summary of the Board of Supervisor’s public hearing meeting on April 9 and in the words of the immortal Paul Harvey – “Now, for the rest of the story.”
The opposition to the proposed raising of taxes was challenged at the meeting to present some ideas, some specifics, something more than just saying no and something more than rhetoric. And the sound of silence was deafening. Silence in April.
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My name is Trisha Thompson and I am Relay For Life of Fluvanna’s Event Chair for 2014. I am a lifelong community member and am now married and raising a daughter in Fluvanna as well as three step-daughters. I Relay in hopes that they will never hear the words “you have cancer”.
Today, I wanted to take time to send this letter out to the community welcoming everyone to join us in the fight. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. Last year, Fluvanna County raised over $107,000 in the fight against cancer. We are off to a slower start for 2014, but I know this community is capable of great things. As for this year’s Relay For Life event, we have many changes in our committee and would love to have you join us. The weather is now warming up and Relay is less than 60 days away!

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