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Thursday, July 21, 2022

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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Fauquier schools brace for the unthinkable - an active shooter

Even before the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas , the Fauquier County School Division was working to increase security at all 20 elementary, middle and high schools for the upcoming school year. That work includes adding secure vestibules at the front entrances of schools, a work in progress due to funding and supply-chain issues.

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New data shows teacher shortages are hitting Virginia, especially in southside

Schools across Virginia are dealing with a major teacher shortage. The Great Resignation is hitting classrooms across Virginia as teachers leave the profession. Chad Stewart at the Virginia Education Association says it's a trend driven by low pay for teachers, a shortage of support staff and fallout from the pandemic.

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Drag show scheduled at Bedford County high school changes location after controversey

A planned performance at a Bedford County high school is now at the center of a controversey.

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IWCS: 'set aside' funding no longer needed - Smithfield Times

Isle of Wight's School Board no longer expects to need the roughly $812,000 county supervisors voted to "set aside" in May from the school system's 2022-23 budget. Virginia's now-approved state budget allocates Isle of Wight County Schools $296,457 more than the school system had anticipated.

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FCPS's interim superintendent resigns

WINCHESTER - Frederick County Public Schools newly appointed interim superintendent J. David Martin has resigned just three weeks after being named to the post. The School Board accepted Martin's resignation Tuesday night on a 6-1 vote. He resigned for personal reasons, it was stated at the meeting.

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Richmond Public Schools launches recruitment incentives to combat teacher shortage

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Richmond Public Schools (RPS) is facing a teacher shortage after 25% of the school system's teaching staff resigned at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. As a result, RPS is now looking to fill 176 positions before the upcoming school year starts in August.

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Virginia Board reduces necessary hours to obtain cosmetology license

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology voted to reduce the number of hours required to obtain a cosmetology license from 1,500 hours to 1,000. The board, under the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), conducted the vote at its most recent meeting on July 11.

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3 men accused of embezzling Fairfax Co. school laptops | WTOP News

Three men are accused of "illegally relocating" thousands of Fairfax County, Virginia, Public Schools' laptops. Franque Minor II, 35, of Maryland, and Mario Jones Jr., 21, of Woodbridge, Virginia, were arrested and charged with embezzlement and larceny with the intent to distribute.

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Staunton City Schools revisits code of conduct on phones, vapes and alternative school

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - Staunton City Schools has introduced changes to its student handbook and code of conduct, looking at things like poor school standing, alternative school, cell phone use and vaping. When students return to the classroom in August, poor school standing will be reinstated.

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Henrico students watch their experiments blast into space - The Henrico Citizen

62458 random 1.0 5.0 Some Henrico students watched in awe as their science experiments were launched into suborbital space on a NASA rocket at 5:30 a.m. June 23.

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Press Releases from the Conference on Education

2022 VSBA Food for Thought Competition Press Release
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2022 VSBA Paid Webinar Series: Skills for Leaders

Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) is offering a webinar series to assist school board members, superintendents, and administrators in improving their leadership skills. Dr. Noal Cochran, our dynamic speaker, at the VSBA Conference on Education introduced this series with his keynote presentation, “Worry 'Bout Dem Der Gators in Da Water”— An Introduction to Leadership. This session is designed to help leaders identify their feelings and understand the connection to emotional responses from others. Attendees will learn the dynamics that motivate success and takeaway skills that can be directly applied to effective leadership.

2022 VSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference, September 22, 2022

Now, more than ever, school board member voices need to be heard! The stakes for public education have never been greater and school board members must be prepared to advocate effectively for public schools. Join VSBA at our 2022 Legislative Advocacy Conference where you will gain valuable insight into the issues that promise to have lasting impacts on the Commonwealth. This conference will inform and educate school board members as leaders discuss the Virginia Literacy Act, cyber security reporting requirements, a glimpse into how current events will influence the direction of the 2023 General Assembly, and much more.

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