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January 17, 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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No more snow days in Virginia public schools? New bill proposes doing away with them

If passed, this bill would require remote learning on days with inclement weather and school divisions would only be allowed a maximum of 10 remote days.

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School board approves changes to citizens' time

Fauquier County School Board unanimously agreed to revise the rules for people who speak during citizens’ time, a routine part of every monthly meeting in which people who sign up have three minutes to tell members about their concerns. 

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Portsmouth schools among grant winners to create oyster education program

The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay Trust awarded 13 grants to organizations to improve and track oyster populations in Virginia and Maryland.

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Henrico School Board makes history during 2023 elections

Alicia Atkins has become the first Black woman to hold a leadership position on the Henrico County School Board. The board named Atkins as vice chair last week. She also became the first woman and first Black person to serve as Varina District representative when elected in November 2019.

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As VHSL moves towards recognizing girls wrestling, Bassett wrestlers compete in first all-girls match

Bassett High School sophomore TaMeil Foddrell is in her second season of wrestling, but Monday was the first time she's ever wrestled against another girl. Staunton River High School hosted Southern Virginia's first all-girls wrestling match with the Eagles taking on area teams Monday.

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Newport News to install metal detectors after elementary school shooting

The Newport News School Board announced that funds have been repurposed to install metal detectors in schools across the district following the Richneck Elementary School shooting.

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Waynesboro School Board begins tackling next year's budget

It's that time of year again. Waynesboro School Board members spent most of its regular meeting discussing next year's budget. The projected 23-24 budget is $49 million.

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After 32 years, Hampton's retiring superintendent says his passion for education isn't going anywhere

Those who have worked with Hampton Public Schools Superintendent Jeffery Smith know that whoever replaces him has "large shoes to fill."

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Amherst board's opt-in measure on sexually explicit material policy draws concerns from educators

A recent policy of notifying parents of sexually explicit material in Amherst County Public Schools, approved in December, received criticism from a trio of high school educators during the board's Jan. 12 meeting.

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Prince William County Schools considering weapon detection screening following Newport News school shooting

School systems across Virginia are considering increased security measures following the shooting at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News. If approved, Superintendent LaTanya D. McDade says the additional screening could be implemented by the 2023-2024 school year.

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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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