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Peter Noonan named Fairfax City schools superintendent

Published on: 
Thu, 02/23/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Peter Noonan, a Fairfax County schools administrator, has been named superintendent of Fairfax City’s four schools, the school board announced Thursday. The move is a homecoming of sorts for Noonan, who served as principal of Fairfax City’s Lanier Middle School from 2002-2004. “I’m really excited,” said Noonan, adding that he looks forward to “working closely with four outstanding principals in a really great community that cares about public education.”

Online textbooks moving into Washington area schools

Published on: 
Mon, 10/03/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Seventh-grade history teacher Mark Stevens bellowed a set of 21st-century instructions as students streamed into class one recent Friday at Fairfa

New Year, New Honors Courses, Old Debate

Published on: 
Sat, 09/17/2011
Media Source: 
The Patch

For months, Restore Honors and local advocacy group

Fairfax County schools to offer honors courses online

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Thu, 09/01/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Fairfax County schools will offer several high school

School districts move away from honors classes in favor of AP courses

Published on: 
Sun, 05/22/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Not long ago, honors courses were considered a hallmark of student achievement, a designation that impressed colleges and made parents beam.

Fairfax school experiments with letting cheating students retake tests

Published on: 
Thu, 11/18/2010
Media Source: 
Washington Post

The Fairfax County high school that asked teachers to all but banish F's from its recent report cards has been experimenting with an approach that would allow students caught cheating to retake tests instead of receiving zeros.

At West Potomac High School, taking F off the grade books

Published on: 
Sun, 11/14/2010
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Depending on whom you ask, West Potomac High School's latest change to student grading is either another sign of a coddled generation or a necessary step to help struggling kids.

Fairfax County schools to try out online textbooks for a year

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Thu, 08/05/2010
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Fairfax County public schools might be moving toward online textbooks, beginning with a pilot program this fall. As part of the yearlong trial, social studies classes at six high schools and six middle schools will receive netbooks -- smaller, lightweight cousins of laptops -- online access to digital textbooks and other resources, such as instructional aides for teachers, said Peter Noonan, assistant superintendent for Instructional Services.

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