Once upon a time I ran a news site, now I just have opinions on the news. 

Good morning, RVA: Education confusion, Medicaid work requirement, and dense zoning

Good morning, RVA! It's 50 °F, and today you should expect plenty of sunshine to go along with temperatures near 60 °F. I believe they call this sort of weather “crisp.”

Water cooler

Justin Mattingly at the Richmond Times-Dispatch has an article about Richmond’s compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (the thing that replaces No Child Left Behind). If I’m being honest, I really don’t understand what it all means, and reading more on the Virginia Department of Education’s website certainly didn’t clear anything up. My confused and uninformed take: I will focus on accreditation, which I understand, and will try not to get too caught up in whatever state-level machinations are happening behind the scenes.

Michael Martz, also at the RTD, has an update on the state’s Medicaid expansion which focuses on the work requirement 💸. Republicans are cheesed at the number and type of exemptions to the requirement: “[Delegate Chris] Jones questioned why, for example, the proposal would grant a general exemption to the requirement for victims of domestic violence, whom he said generally want to get back into the workforce for stability.” Unless something has changed or I am mistaken, if for some reason you fail to clock in 80 hours per month of “work” (which is defined as a couple different types of things) [you can lose your benefits entirely](http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/the-ins-and-outs-of-virginia-s-new-medicaid-expansion/article_

Good morning, RVA: Chickens, pipelines, and fermented milk

Good morning, RVA: Violence, statewide school funding, and vacant properties