Local schools have varying responses to student walkouts; State Senate says no more school ‘lunch shaming’

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Friday, Feb. 23.

Area schools are each taking their own approach to student walkouts. Prince William County students have been told that they will be disciplined if they leave unauthorized while Arlington County schools are being more understanding.
(The Washington Post)

The Senate Education and House Committee approved House Bill 50, which prohibits area schools from making students who owe cafeteria money wear stamps or wristbands, or throw out the lunch that they cannot afford.

Citing an increase in Arlington’s commercial vacancy rate, Mark Schwartz, county manager, has put together a $1.27 billion general fund budget that will require budget cuts and layoffs of $20.5 million, but increase pay to firefighters and police and award $13.4 million to schools.
(The Washington Post)

A study conducted by the Crystal City Improvement District has revealed that a $38 million pedestrian bridge connecting the Reagan National Airport’s terminal B/C parking garage and the JBG Smith office building complex would allow individuals to get between the two points in around 15 minutes.
(ARL Now)

Since Monday, five robberies have taken place in Fairfax and Loudoun counties that police believe are connected to another 14 robberies that have occurred in recent months.

The 1972 Reston Fire and Rescue Station 25 will be replaced with a new $13 million fire station that will be more than double the station’s present size.
(Reston Now)

Signs have been posted along the 11-acre property located behind the Potomac Mills Mall warning that the roughly 30-50 homeless individuals living there must leave by March 1. The property is owned by the Parsons Potomac Mills company.