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Democratic Women to Meet

The next meeting of the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia will be held Sunday, Jan. 19. All Democratic women in Northern Virginia are invited to become members of this active organization. Meetings are Sundays, from 3-5 p.m., in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. For more information, e-mail cliftonwomendems@aol.com or go to www.democraticwomenofclifton.org.

Lorton Station Elementary Named Title I Distinguished School

Belvedere Elementary School and Lorton Station Elementary School, Fairfax County public schools, have been named Title I Distinguished Schools by the Virginia Board of Education. The award recognizes schools that have raised academic achievement for economically disadvantaged students and are based on state assessments during the 2012-13 and 2011-12 school years.

Belvedere and Lorton Station are among 57 schools statewide that are recognized for maintaining full state accreditation under Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL) program for two consecutive years and achieving reading and math SOL pass rates at the 60th percentile or higher.

Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides funding to school divisions and schools to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk of academic failure. It requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement on statewide assessments in reading and language arts, and in math.