Alexandria superintendent transfers daughter from school system he oversees, K-12 leaders eye a return to classrooms, budget battle, and more headlines

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• The superintendent of Alexandria’s public schools transferred his daughter to a private high school offering a mix of virtual and in-person education. The schools he oversees remain online-only.—Theogony

• K-12 leaders around the state are making tentative plans to bring some students back to school, many starting with the youngest. Lynchburg brought some students back Tuesday. Newport News wants to reopen some classrooms later this month. Albemarle County, Prince William County and Norfolk are eyeing early November.—News & Advance, Daily Press, Daily Progress, Prince William TimesVirginian-Pilot

• The General Assembly’s special session seems to be winding down, but Gov. Ralph Northam says he’s not happy with the way the budget is turning out and may not sign it.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A real estate developer that wants to build a casino of its own in Norfolk has been secretly funding a PR campaign urging Norfolk voters to reject the Pamunkey Indian Tribe’s casino project.—Virginian-Pilot

• Two Richmond police officers appeared in court on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from protests shortly after George Floyd’s death, but officials are still being cagey about the accusations against them.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• After seeing the price tag to move its Confederate monument could be up to $260,000, Caroline County threw out the bids and decided a team of county staffers and volunteers will move it themselves. “I’ve actually got people within our community that are tradesmen that volunteered and they’re looking forward to it as kind of a community [service],” said a county official.—Free Lance-Star

• A COVID-19 outbreak in Danville’s jail has led to 73 inmates and 10 staff members testing positive. The sheriff tested negative.—Register & Bee

• The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic, a nonprofit that serves low-income adults without health insurance, is shutting down at the end of the year. Leaders cited a lack of resources and older volunteers’ fear of working in health care settings during the pandemic.—Daily News-Record

• A car race in the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel led to a fiery crash and an evacuation of the tunnel. Police say a 17-year-old from Virginia Beach was charged with reckless driving by racing.—WAVY

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