Hannah Natanson
Hannah Natanson
Reporter for The Washington Post covering education and K-12 schools in Virginia. Email me at hannah.natanson@washpost.com.Source
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What could Glenn Youngkin as governor actually do to alter admissions at TJ?

What could Glenn Youngkin as governor actually do to alter admissions at TJ?

During his campaign, Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) , even promising to alter the admissions system at one specific high school: the vaunted Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.Youngkin told The Washington Post this fall that he wants to undo recent revisions to the admissions process at the school, a prestigious magnet STEM institution in Fairfax County known as TJ. The changes, including the elimination of a notoriously difficult admissions test, were meant to boost diversity at the school, which has historically enrolled very few Black and Hispanic...

Nov 29
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Faith leaders criticize Fairfax school board for delaying vote on adding four religious holidays to calendar

Faith leaders criticize Fairfax school board for delaying vote on adding four religious holidays to calendar

ADReligious leaders in Northern Virginia are criticizing the Fairfax County Public School board after some members signaled that they won’t back a task force’s recommendation to add four religious holidays to the school calendar.A board-appointed task force has called for giving students four additional days off to observe Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Hindu festival Diwali and the Muslim celebration Eid al-Fitr. The school system currently gives its 186,000 students nine days off for holidays each year.The school board met earlier this month to discuss the...

February 10, 2021
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A small town seethes after learning one of its own says he joined Capitol’s mob

A small town seethes after learning one of its own says he joined Capitol’s mob

ADABERDEEN, Md. — The young man’s gleeful declaration began spreading through his neighbors’ Facebook feeds Jan. 7, the day after President Trump incited a mob of rabid followers to . The post’s author announced he had been among them.“Yeah, I stormed the Capitol. Yeah, I took my country back,” Christian Trabert, dressed in a red, white and blue snow cap, wrote above a photo of himself and five friends standing outside, his finger pointed toward the building’s Corinthian columns. “And no, I don’t feel bad. I feel great!”When Linda Iser looked at the image and who had posted it, she...

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January 16, 2021
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How should a premier magnet school boost Black and Latino enrollment? A suggested lottery spurs fierce debate.

How should a premier magnet school boost Black and Latino enrollment? A suggested lottery spurs fierce debate.

A controversial proposal to boost Black and Latino enrollment at a premier Northern Virginia magnet school — by switching from a test-based process to a lottery — has plunged parents, students and alumni into a hard-fought battle whose results could reshape one of the top schools in the country.Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand put forward the plan to revise admissions at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in mid-September, and it is slated for a school board vote on Oct. 8. Thomas Jefferson — known as TJ — is often ranked the No. 1 public high...

October 2, 2020
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Back to school, but not back to normal: Students and teachers in Northern Virginia launch online learning

Back to school, but not back to normal: Students and teachers in Northern Virginia launch online learning

Six-year-old Jay Horton stood in his front yard and fidgeted with the sign whose words he had carefully sounded out at the kitchen table earlier that morning: “Ver — VerTOO — VerCHOO — Virtual School.”His mom, Brandi Horton, asked him to smile “for real,” and then snapped a string of photos with her iPhone as he posed next to his brother, 9-year-old Wayne. It was Jay’s first day of first grade, and the start of a school year like no other in Northern Virginia, where all major school systems launched online-only on Tuesday because of the pandemic.Brandi Horton — who crafted the sign and set...

September 8, 2020
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