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Tuesday, January 9, 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.


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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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How strings teacher and orchestra director Jennifer Johnson is lifting students and teachers in Hanover

Jennifer Johnson was recently awarded the Music Education Mentor Award from the Virginia Strings Teacher Association.

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Metal detectors to be installed in all Richmond middle schools

New safety measures are being implemented at several schools throughout the Richmond area following a decision from the school board last month.

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Louisa County students excited to add anchor desk to their newscasts

Morning newscasts at Jouett Elementary School are starting to look more professional.

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Alexandria Schools Budget Responds To Staff Recuitment, Middle School Sports

With staff recruitment and retention continuing to be a key issue at Alexandria City Public Schools, the proposed budget for the next fiscal year focuses on staff pay and other priorities.

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Books become presents at elementary school's 'Gift of Reading' event

Books become presents at elementary school's 'Gift of Reading' event Bayside Elementary School in Virginia Beach, under the guidance of the school librarian Amy Stratton, recently orchestrated a heartwarming event called 'The Gift of Reading.'

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School division honors teachers of the year

Powhatan County Public Schools recently honored the five educators chosen to represent their schools as the Teachers of the Year fiscal year (FY) 2025.

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Halifax County School Board set to gather tonight to reorganize

The Halifax County School Board will elect a chair and vice chair for the new year and revisit the school system's policy on personal defense spray when they meet Monday

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Va. education leaders launch new effort on student mental health

Helping schools address the unprecedented rise in mental health and behavioral challenges facing Virginia students post-pandemic, the Virginia Department of Education has created the Office of Behavioral Health and Wellness...

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Osbourn High School improving on-time graduation, dropout rates

Osbourn High School made significant progress in academic success in two key areas - on-time graduation rate and student dropout rate - in the 2022-23 school year, Principal Mike Pflugrath

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Botetourt Co. Public Schools to host town hall on secondary facilities

Botetourt County Public Schools (BCPS) will discuss building secondary facilities in a series of town halls beginning January 11th.

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Join us Tuesday, January 23, 2024, for the New School Board Chair and Vice Chair Orientation in Richmond, VA. During this orientation, you'll have the opportunity to learn from experts who will cover a wide range of topics, all carefully curated to help you navigate your responsibilities seamlessly. Whether it's fostering productive relationships with your superintendent, managing interactions with the local media, understanding parliamentary procedures, or addressing legal matters, our orientation has you covered.

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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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