Karina Elwood

Washington, D.C.

Local reporter covering schools in Virginia

Education: University of Florida, BS in journalism

Karina Elwood joined the Post in 2021 on the local politics and government team. She previously reported at the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel.
Latest from Karina Elwood

Youngkin pushes back on Va. school districts rejecting trans guidance

School boards in Virginia are weighing the state’s guidance on transgender students. The governor is pushing back against those reluctant to adopt the policies.

August 29, 2023

Supreme Court asked to hear Thomas Jefferson High School admissions case

The Coalition for TJ petitioned the Supreme Court to review a case challenging the admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

August 23, 2023

Corn dogs and hugs: Inside the lunchroom on the first day back at school

A Fairfax County elementary school cafeteria was the site of reunions, burps and widespread enjoyment of chocolate milk.

August 21, 2023

Virginia students kick off back-to-school in the region

Students in Fairfax County and Alexandria City public schools returned to the classroom Monday.

August 21, 2023

Youngkin retools message for new elections with ‘Parents Matter’ talks

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) rode a wave of parental grievance to win in a trending-blue state in 2021. Now he’s retooling the theme for legislative races.

August 21, 2023

Five things we’re watching as kids return to school

What to know about enrollment, learning loss, staffing shortages, school security and covid funding.

August 20, 2023

What to know about Virginia’s transgender student model policies

The policies released last week by the administration of Gov. Glenn Youngkin roll back some protections for transgender students included in the 2021 guidelines.

August 18, 2023

Fairfax schools reject Youngkin guidance on trans student policies

The school system there announced that it would not adopt the model policies that roll back protections for transgender students in K-12 schools.

August 15, 2023

Teacher resignations in some D.C.-area school districts rise again

In most D.C.-area districts, more teachers resigned during the 2022-23 school year than in the term prior, data shows.

August 9, 2023

Virginia lawmakers redefined ‘sexual conduct’ to exclude homosexuality

They stripped the term from a list of illegal acts that is used in a number of laws.

August 7, 2023