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May 9, 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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Hampton schools expanding dual language immersion program

In the Hampton program, students spend half the day learning in English, and half the day learning Spanish. Math and science are taught in Spanish, and social studies is taught in English. Language arts are taught separately in both languages.

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Buford Middle School outlines plan for upcoming renovation

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Buford Middle School will undergo a massive renovation and addition project starting this summer. Buford Middle has been open since 1966, and Principal Rodney Jordan says the renovations are long overdue. "It's not just the staff that's here that's excited. I think the community is excited.

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Teen shootings raise questions about school attendance

Another shooting involving Richmond students has once again focused attention on the high level of truancy the city schools experience. The latest gunfire incident around noontime April 27 involved two truant George Wythe High school students, both left injured. An 18-year-old has been arrested in the case.

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Virginia teacher pay falls further behind the national average

RICHMOND, Va. -- Monday marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week, and a new study from the National Education Association shows Virginia's teacher pay is falling behind the rest of the country. According to the study, Virginia's estimated average teacher salary is $62,104 - and that's $6,365 below the estimated national average.

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Spotsylvania School Board to consider new book challenge policy

The Spotsylvania School Board on Monday will consider revisions to its policy and regulations concerning the reconsideration of challenged instructional materials that place more emphasis on whether or not the materials contain "sexually explicit" content.

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Loudoun Schools Accreditation Affected Under New Chronic Absenteeism Model

Loudoun County Public Schools is looking to address chronic absenteeism after the Virginia Board of Education revised its accreditation model last month, changing the process to collect data for the previous year only. Chronic absenteeism is one of nine indicators in the state's school accreditation model.

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School shooting hoax prompts investigation, response from Staunton City Schools

STAUNTON - A social media post referencing a school shooting circulated amongst students at Shelburne Middle School, leading to an investigation that determined the post was a hoax.

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STEM grants available for educators, nonprofits throughout Coastal Virginia

Coastal VA STEM Hub is accepting applications from teachers and nonprofit organizations for STEM-related initiatives, activities and programs. The group, which consists of several partners forming a regional "learning ecosystem," is administering the state-funded grants in partnership with Virginia Peninsula Community College and the City of Newport News.

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Franklin County teacher uses experience to teach perseverance in classroom

FRANKLIN CO., Va. (WDBJ) - Jennifer Hatch is a seventh-grade math teacher at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Rocky Mount. She's gotten several awards this year for her work in the classroom. Most recently, she was honored with the 2024 Regional Teacher of the Year award.

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Virginia Beach School Board to discuss not adopting state's transgender student policies

VIRGINIA BEACH - The Virginia Beach School Board will discuss a resolution to not adopt the state's model policies on the treatment of transgender students.

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Don't miss our next VSBA event

2023 School Law Conference, June 2, 2023 - Richmond

The 2023 School Law Conference kicks off with a presentation from the Division of Public Safety Training and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety on preventative behavioral threat assessment in an educational setting. Following this presentation is a session on special education. Next, hear about teachers’ free speech rights after the Supreme Court Case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. To close out, there will be a legislative update from the VSBA Legislative Team. Register Today!

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