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REUTHER: Public education is an American institution | Opinion

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After World War II, African American group leaders from 4 of our native counties gathered to pool their sources and petition Virginia for a highschool for Black college students. It opened in Culpeper and was named George Washington Carver Regional High School. It stood as a beacon for a group devoted to the promise of education, and plenty of of our group leaders as we speak are lively alumni.

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The arrival of integration careworn America’s public education, however communities appeared into their hearts and realized that tutorial excellence was key to growing a versatile and proficient workforce. Culpeper leaders—Culpeper County Public Schools Director of Career & Technical Education Randi Richards-Lutz, native businessman Chuck Gyory and Mike Dale, for instance—created the E-Squared program.

Public education clearly had its position within the newest Virginia Governor’s race. The profitable candidate, Glenn Youngkin, put ahead a promise to enhance funding for Virginia’s faculties. During the marketing campaign it was famous that almost all of Virginia’s excessive faculties are greater than 40 years previous and, like Culpeper County High School, in want of significant upkeep.

Other severe challenges persist, together with the lingering affect of the covid-19 shutdown. Continuing confusion over quarantine guidelines and vaccinations, for each college students and college, has made each faculty district its personal heart of controversy.