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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

The Virginia Daily Education News is a daily update (Monday through Friday) of education news throughout Virginia. Links are created to various media outlets throughout the state.


RRMM Architects is a proud supporter of the Virginia School Boards Association.

RRMM Architects is committed to our mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. For over 35 years, we have considered it a privilege to successfully serve school systems across the Commonwealth, providing award-winning learning environments for children, educators and the community.

This year, 2024 VSBA President Dr. Cardell Patillo will be providing shout outs to school board members across the Commonwealth! This week, Dr. Patillo is shouting out to Michael "Mike" Cherry, a Roanoke City School Board Member, for being named to the 40 Under 40 class of 2024 by the Roanoker Magazine. You can read the full article below.

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Listen to episode 56 of the VSBA School Board News Podcast. In this episode, VSBA Executive Director Gina Patterson speaks with JT Kessler, VSBA’s Director of Legislative Services, about the upcoming 2024 Virginia General Assembly. JT talks about the highlights of the VSBA legislative priorities, how school board members can get ready and be involved, and what this year’s session might discuss. 

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Weapon detection scanners in schools: Half a schoolyear in, here's how it's going in Prince William

Every morning before the bell rings to mark the beginning of the school day, students across Prince William County stream into school buildings through the lanes of a new weapons

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Study: Out-of-school programs inaccessible for many Alexandria families

A community-wide study released in Dec. 2023 documented the current state of out-of-school time (OST) programs in Alexandria, and identified barriers preventing marginalized communities from accessing and participating in such programs.

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White House unveils $1 billion for electric and low-emission school buses - Virginia Mercury

Virginia is one of 37 states receiving federal funding to add more electric and low-emission school buses.

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Rockingham County School Board Votes To 'Temporarily Remove' List Of 55 Books

In its first regular meeting of the new year, the Rockingham County School Board came out of the gate swinging.

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PGCPS Encourages Students, Families to Make Resolutions for Positive School Attendance Habits in the New Year

As the 2023-24 School Year approaches its halfway point, coinciding perfectly with the ushering in of a new year, Prince George County Public Schools encourages students and families to make a new year’s resolution to foster positive school attendance habits throughout the upcoming year. 

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This Northern Virginia marching band just won Metallica's competition and $15K

Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia has won the Metallica Nationwide Marching Band Competition. The school's program will be awarded $15,000.

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While City Schools leaders were focused on addressing fights, a handful of Charlottesville High School teachers hatched a plan to help students in a different way

A day into Charlottesville High School’s “reset,” when the superintendent canceled classes to give teachers and staff time to reassess how to handle increasing student fights and misconduct, Andy Josselyn was weary of talking about how bad things had gotten.

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Families of Richneck students sue Newport News school system, allege failures allowed shooting

Richneck Elementary School is now the target of seven new lawsuits alleging negligence for their failure to act to prevent a 6-year-old from shooting a teacher.

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Montgomery County board's new Democratic majority drops voucher priority

Montgomery County supervisors gathered Monday for their first meeting of the year and first with the Democratic majority that voters chose last year and they picked veteran board member Mary Biggs as chairwoman.

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'No Kid Hungry' invests $251K into 12 School districts across Virginia

As child hunger continues to be an issue in the Commonwealth, one non-profit organization is making sure kids do not go without this year.

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Join VSBA for an Extraordinary Saturday Hot Topic Conference at the Williamsburg Lodge! We’ve listened to the needs of our valued membership and are thrilled to invite you to wake up with VSBA on a Saturday for an unforgettable day of growth and connection. This conference introduces you to “The Trust Edge Experience,” a trusted methodology employed by name-brand companies worldwide. Discover how it empowers organizations to cultivate high-performing teams while establishing a common language that enhances connection, clarifies objectives, and boosts productivity.

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Don't miss our next VSBA Event

January 22-23, 2024 - 2024 VSBA Capital Conference

Join us for an exciting two-day journey at this year’s Capital Conference! We have an array of engaging sessions and discussions lined up to provide you with valuable insights into the 2024 General Assembly.

Location: Delta Marriott Richmond or Virtual

Registration: Please reach out to your school division clerk to register for this event. For affiliate members, please reach out to Mikaela Coffey for registration at

January 23, 2024 - New School Board Member and Superintendent Orientation

There are few elected or appointed positions as crucial to the future of our communities as school board members. VSBA is here to empower you in your new role and ensure you hit the ground running. In addition to the core curriculum, our VSBA Annual New Member Orientation Training recognizes the importance of your individual voice and your role within a governance team. We believe that your unique perspectives and contributions are invaluable to the success of your local school board.

Location: Delta Marriott Richmond or Virtual

Registration: Please reach out to your school division clerk to register for this event. For affiliate members, please reach out to Mikaela Coffey for registration at

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