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January 20, 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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Louisa County recognizes MVPs

Each Friday, Louisa County Public Schools Superintendent gets to deliver good news to four classrooms across the division. Members of the Louisa community submit nominations. A committee oversees 400 nominations and narrows that down to four who exemplify the MVP spirit. 

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Fredericksburg school division hoping for March groundbreaking for new middle school

Fredericksburg City Public Schools is working toward a March groundbreaking for the new middle school. Deputy superintendent Matt Eberhardt provided an update on the $77 million project to the School Board during its first regular meeting of the year.

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Spotsy School Board member denied protective order against constituent

A Spotsylvania County School Board member's attempt to obtain a protective order against one of her harshest critics was denied Wednesday by a judge. Dawn Shelley was seeking legal restraint against county resident Roy Searles, who Shelley said has been harassing her through emails and other methods.

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RPS Superintendent proposes $28.3 million increase in funding

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent has proposed a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year and plans to ask for an additional $28.3 million in funding, up from last year's $200.3 million appropriation. With an expected increase of $6 million from the state and $2 million remaining from last year, the proposed revenue increase represents $35.3 million.

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Former student returns as assistant principal

One of the things that 2007 Lancaster High School (LHS) graduate Quintese Kenner loves about her new job is "walking the same halls as I did when I was a student." Kenner says it makes a difference when students learn that their new assistant principal was once an LHS student herself.

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Meet Chesterfield's Teacher of the Year

Kate Doctor was preparing for a normal day in her Monacan high classroom, gathering splints and wraps for students to practice with for health class. She did not plan for "a whole slew of people" descending upon her room to honor her as Chesterfield County Teacher of the Year.

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Albemarle parents at odds over SROs in schools

It's been 2 1/2 years since the county school board unanimously voted to remove officers from schools, citing their ineffectiveness and incidents of discrimination. But amid widespread complaints of misconduct, particularly at Albemarle High School, the school board is being asked to reverse course.

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Virginia schools receive $15 million grant to expand mental health services

State Superintendent Jillian Balow announced that seven school divisions will receive funding through a five-year, $15 million federal grant awarded to the Virginia Department of Education in support of Governor Youngkin’s initiative to expand behavioral and mental health services for students.

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Student Hospitalized After Vicious Fight at Virginia High School

A vicious fight caught on camera inside of a Northern Virginia high school sent one student to the hospital with a concussion, and parents are demanding safety improvements. The fighting at Riverbend High School began before class Tuesday morning. Several students are seen throwing punches.

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Prince Edward students show off their spelling skills

Spelling is something that does not come easily for everyone. However, a group of students from Prince Edward County Public Schools showed that not everyone is reliant on spell check. On Thursday, Jan. 12, Prince Edward County Schools held its division-wide spelling bee.

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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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