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Monday, December 19, 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 School Board approves bonuses for staff after supervisors threaten to deny funding request

Concerned about the possibility the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors may refuse its request to fund teacher and staff bonuses, the School Board approved a motion Wednesday that would award bonuses up to $780 - a lower amount than was initially promised by the School Board - using state and local funds from the fiscal 2023 budget.

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'Buckle up': Youngkin budget proposal includes another $1B in tax cuts - Virginia Mercury

Gov. Glenn Youngkin rolled out a budget plan Thursday that includes $1 billion in tax cuts for Virginia residents and businesses, telling the General Assembly to "buckle up" because his administration wants the state to "start going faster and getting more done."

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Educational partnership addresses teacher shortage

Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) students who earn associates degrees in computer science, exercise science or education can now directly transfer to the University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA Wise) to complete a bachelor's degree. The streamlined admissions policy is the result of an agreement between both educational institutions to increase opportunities for high-quality college education in far Southwest Virginia.

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Plant tips from MVHS; Horticulture students grow, package and decorate for the holidays

Get some holiday plant tips from the Magna Vista High School (MVHS) horticulture students this winter and keep your poinsettias fresh for longer. The MVHS horticulture students grow poinsettias from seeds each year, take care of them as they grow, and when it comes time for Christmas, the plants are decorated with bows to be sold at the Magna Vista Horticulture Poinsettia Sale.

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Greensville County Schools dealing with fallout from flu season

As if one pandemic wasn't enough, schools across the country suddenly have to deal with at least two more highly contagious diseases. This, on top of the annual flu concerns, are already making this a potentially difficult winter for both teachers and students. The Greensville County School System has not been left unscathed.

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Halifax County trustees debate cell phones, fan code, give school day off - SoVaNOW: Home of The News & Record and The Mecklenburg Sun

Fan behavior and cellphone use dominated the conversation Monday night at the year-end meeting of the Halifax County School Board, but trustees took only one vote of substance - opting to give school staff and students an extra day for the holidays by canceling a planned half-day of school Dec.

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Botetourt Technical Education Center receives grant funding to expand its welding program

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The Botetourt Technical Education Center is receiving a grant to expand its welding program and help educate more skilled laborers in the area. Students are learning the trade's craft before they enter the workforce. Welding instructor Christian Zalewski explained it's a skill that is needed in today's world.

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Lynchburg City Schools proposing 'aggressive' raises for teachers, classified employees

Lynchburg City Schools administrators are proposing an "aggressive" salary increase plan ahead of the upcoming fiscal year 2023-24 budget discussions, Superintendent Crystal Edwards shared with the school board this week. The superintendent's proposal, the "15 50 Plan" covers increases in teacher salaries, bringing starting salaries up to $50,000 from $43,469.

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Special watch commemorates Handley High School's 100th

WINCHESTER - What time is it? It's almost time to celebrate Handley High School's 100th anniversary. And what better way to mark the occasion than with a commemorative watch from Richmond-based Handley Watches owned by Handley class of 2002 alumnus Jay Carpenter.

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Schools ask judge to nix bullying lawsuit over racist remark

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former assistant principal who says she was harassed and humiliated after she raised concerns about a mandatory anti-racism teacher training program.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

Orientation for New Board Members, Superintendents, Chairs and Vice-Chairs

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.

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