REUTHER: Public education is an American institution | Opinion
After World War II, African American community leaders from four of our local counties came together to pool resources and ask Virginia for a high school for black students. It opened in Culpeper and was named George Washington Carver Regional High School. It was a beacon for a community dedicated to the promise of education, and many of our community leaders are now active alumni.
The arrival of mainstreaming focused on American public education, but communities looked into their hearts and realized that academic excellence was the key to developing a flexible workforce and talented. Culpeper executives – the director of vocational and technical education at Culpeper County Public Schools, Randi Richards-Lutz, local businessman Chuck Gyory and Mike Dale, for example – created the E-Squared program. .
Public education clearly had its role in the last run of the governor of Virginia. The successful candidate, Glenn Youngkin, has pledged to improve funding for schools in Virginia. During the campaign, it was noted that most high schools in Virginia are over 40 and, like Culpeper County High School, are in need of serious upkeep.
Other serious challenges persist, including the lingering impact of the Covid-19 shutdown. Continuing confusion over quarantine rules and vaccinations, both for students and faculty, has made each school district its own center of controversy.