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Group of teachers’ complaint against Harrisonburg schools can proceed, judge rules

In a setback for the Harrisonburg School Board, a judge on Tuesday denied its request to throw out the legal complaint several teachers are pursuing in connection with the district’s policies regarding transgender students. The judge also imposed a 28-day deadline for the school district to provide documents the teachers’ attorneys have requested. 

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A lawsuit against the city schools and the fate of an area veterinarian got a lot of buzz in 2022. Here are The Citizen’s most-read stories of the year.

For the first time since the 2019 year-end roundup, the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t driving local news, at least in the stories our readers were clicking on the most. In fact, of the top 10 most-read stories on The Citizen in 2022, the word “COVID” appears only in passing, like a black cloud receding into the distance. 

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‘Their actions are hurting us’: How HHS students have turned up their advocacy against critics  

Ellie Tjaden, Lee Jenkins and Finn Maddox, students at Harrisonburg High School and members of the Gay-Straight Alliance, have weathered COVID shutdowns, masking and remote learning as part of their high school experience. But they have also experienced another strange phenomenon. 

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School board candidates make their differences clear over parents’ concerns

As it has in school board races across the country, the notion of parental rights served as a key distinction among the five Harrisonburg school board candidates, who faced one another Wednesday in the campaign’s only forum.

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Transgender policies and removing books from schools stoke public debate at meeting

Hours after the first hearing of a lawsuit against Harrisonburg City Public Schools in connection to the district’s policies regarding transgender students, more than 20 Harrisonburg residents passionately expressed support and opposition at the school board’s meeting Tuesday.

In a group job interview, school board asks candidates to outline priorities and views

Two former school board members and one newcomer fielded questions from the Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ board Tuesday as each made a case for being the one to fill the seat of Nick Swayne, who resigned last month after taking a job in Idaho.  

Rockingham Schools superintendent seeks to quell concerns over student survey

After hearing some concerns from parents and grandparents of children in the Rockingham County Public Schools, Superintendent Oskar Scheikl on Monday sought to clear the air regarding a youth data survey going out to middle and high schoolers, as well as continuing objections to policies regarding transgender students.

Instead of switching its leaders each year, school board mulls changes

In a move billed as a way to promote stability, school board members Deb Fitzgerald and Andy Kohen on Tuesday proposed changing the city’s school board handbook to extend the terms of board chair and vice chair to two calendar years, up from one year. Also at Tuesday’s work session, school staff explained the implantation of new policies for transgender students.

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