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January 16, 2023

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. Click the underlined headlines to view the articles.


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Lawmakers consider expanding eligibility for state Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship

Nearly a million dollars sits in a state scholarship fund for people denied a public education during Massive Resistance, when Virginia imposed a set of laws to prevent school desegregation. Now a lawmaker is pushing to expand the criteria for more candidates to apply.

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Local School Board member Stella Pekarsky will run for state senate's new 36th District

Fairfax County School Board member Stella Pekarsky is running for Virginia's State Senate in the redrawn 36th District, potentially challenging long-time senator George Barker.

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King William School Board declines to release report on superintendent

The King William County Public Schools division has denied a FOIA request from the Tidewater Review to obtain a consultant's report on school board members compiled before the board terminated the superintendent last month.

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Shelburne teacher's love of reading led her into education

Brandy Johnson did her student teaching in both first and seventh grade. At the time, she assumed elementary school would be her calling and, to be honest, she was a little apprehensive about teaching middle school.

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Halifax County School Board Adjourns Meeting Prematurely

The Halifax County School Board adjourned prematurely after failing to elect a board chair in five rounds of voting that produced 4-4 ties each time. Board members deadlocked on two nominees for chair.

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Montgomery County Public Schools considers virtual learning on snow days

Thursday afternoon, the Montgomery County Board of Education approved a plan to make virtual learning an option on snow days. The plan would not get rid of snow days altogether, however, it could limit them if the weather emergency is predictable and MCPS has time to plan for the transition.

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Bill introduced to mandate Virginia teacher pay above national average

A Virginia delegate has proposed legislation that would mandate that teachers in Virginia are paid at or above the national average - which in practice would mean a pay raise for most across the commonwealth.

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LCPS sex assault prevention plan outlined

Since a special grand jury report on the handling on the 2021 sexual assaults of two students by a fellow student, reforms at Loudoun County Public Schools have begun. Interim Superintendent Daniel W. Smith outlined the efforts at a recent school board meeting.

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California and Virginia have the largest educational wage gaps

The gap between high school graduates and people with higher levels of education also varies across geography. Many locations with economies that rely heavily on professional fields have the greatest

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School Board declines to adopt code of ethics, protocols

Isle of Wight County's School Board declined to approve a 2023 code of ethics or board protocols at its reorganizational meeting. Chairman John Collick called for a motion to adopt the code of ethics, but none was made.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

Orientation for New Board Members, Superintendents, Chairs and Vice-Chairs, January 31, 2023

There are few elected/appointed positions as important to the future of our communities as a school board member. As election season wraps up and new educational leaders prepare to take their seats on boards of education across the state, VSBA is here to help them optimize the effectiveness of their governance teams.

2023 VSBA Capital Conference, January 30-31, 2023

This year’s two-day Capital Conference will kick off with a budget and economic outlook for 2023 with the latest update on the Commonwealth’s financial picture. After the budget presentation there will be a conversation between Former Virginia House of Delegate Chris Saxman and Dr. Bob Holsworth with their perspectives on the landscape of Virginia politics in 2023 and beyond. Following this session, attendees will hear from VSBA’s own, J.T. Kessler and Stacy Haney on the happenings at the Capitol for the 2023 Virginia General Assembly.

March Hot Topic Conference, March 15, 2023

Join us for the March Hot Topic Conference in Wytheville, Virginia on March 15, 2023. This will be an informative and important hot topic conference that focuses on multiple trending education topics like workforce readiness, virtual reality in public schools, and the “new pandemic” teacher shortages.

COSSBA Inaugural National Conference: Leading and Learning Together!, March 31 - April 2, 2023

Join school board members and education leaders from across the country at COSSBA's inaugural national conference for training and networking opportunities to engage around issues that directly impact the work of governing public education.

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