Lean Times in Prince William County

Superintendent Steven L. Walts’ proposed budget for Prince William County schools combines no layoffs with pay freezes to make a frugal yet satisfying budget. The total proposed budget is $864 million. That’s $36 million more than was spent last year. The extra bucks...

More Cuts Could Be Coming–This Time from the Feds

The perpetual budget crisis in our nation’s schools continues. This time the focus isn’t on local funding cuts but federal ones. Early on February 19, the House of Representatives voted to cut more than $5 billion out of the U.S. Department of Education’s current-year...

Merit Pay Snafu

The Prince William County school system plan to institute a merit pay program in some of its schools may have hit a snag. The Federal Department of Education provided the school system with an $11.1 million grant to pay for the five-year Teacher Incentive Performance...

Online Textbooks Here We Come

Educators are turning the page on school textbooks — the future is online. A pilot program in Fairfax County will provide classes at certain schools with netbooks which will give access to textbooks online instead of in print. Social studies classes at six high...

Great News in Prince William County

If you are a parent or student at a Prince William County school, some recent news should have you smiling. Everybody knows that governments at every level have been facing tough financial decisions in light of the fact that our nation’s economy is still on shaky...