Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues

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What do you want to read about?

There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about how to save newspapers. As someone whose livelihood depends on newspapers, I’ve found the discussions interesting. A lot of the chatter centers on paywalls, ink costs, etc. All of those things are beyond my control, when it comes to the newspaper business.

But lately, a group of journalism bloggers have started tackling content. One recurring theme to these discussions is the idea of asking readers what they want to read. It shouldn’t be a novel concept, but it is. A lot of times, reporters like to just guess what you want to read. And we hope it’s either what we want to write–or the stories that are the easiest to find.

As the new year gets underway, and I’m slowly settling back to work after maternity leave, I’ve been thinking more about how to cover the education beat. So I thought I’d try out this new idea–and ask you readers what you’d like to read. What are some education stories you’d love to learn more about?

Please feel free to get in touch with comments, suggestions and story ideas. I cover Stafford schools, social services and families, by the way. My email is If you have other ideas, you can send them to our local news desk,

And since I rarely get feedback, unless a poll’s included, here’s a query about what types of education stories you’d like to see: