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Monday, August 15, 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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State education board to consider new history standards beginning next week

The first state board of education meeting featuring several new members - all appointed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin - will be held Aug. 17. One key item on the agenda is the consideration of new draft history standards.

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School board reviews closed meetings policy

Concerns over items discussed during closed meetings being leaked to the public prompted the Gloucester County School Board this week to consider a change in policy to clarify that recording such encounters is prohibited. During Tuesday's meeting, which was held in the T.C.

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4 Henrico, HCPS programs honored by Virginia Association of Counties - The Henrico Citizen

Henrico County's Administration building at the western Henrico government center. (Photo by Analise Beres for the Henrico Citizen) Henrico County agencies and Henrico County Public Schools won a combined four Achievement Awards from the Virginia Association of Counties for innovative programs in 2022.

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Number of Arlington students staying 'virtual' set to plunge - Sun Gazette

The number of Arlington Public Schools students using the "virtual-learning" option for the coming school year will be down more than 90 percent from last year, according to new figures, owing largely in a change to how online learning is being delivered. 

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How inflation is impacting back-to-school giveaways in Hampton Roads

Air Force Sgt. Jerred Lute made the trek from Hampton to Norfolk Saturday morning for Operation Homefront's drive-thru school supplygiveaway with three of his four children. In the back seat was his 11-year-old daughter, Makenna, who pointed out a teal green backpack she wanted from the pile on the curb.

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1 in 10 children in Virginia suffer from anxiety or depression, study finds

Newly released data shows that about 1 in 10 Virginia children are experiencing mental health problems. Those numbers are on par with the national average. The Annie E Casey foundation says 11% of children in Virginia - ages three to 17 - are suffering from anxiety or depression.

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Bedford County parents weigh in on redistricting proposal

At Thursday's Bedford County School Board meeting, parents weighed in on the division's proposed redistricting plan meant to reduce overcrowding in Forest zone elementary schools. Under the proposed redistricting and boundary adjustment plan, some elementary students in the Forest zone would be moved to Otter River, Big Island, Thomas Jefferson, and Bedford elementary schools, which currently can take on higher student capacities.

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Fifth annual Ultimate Backpack Drive seeks to stuff 50,000 backpacks for students

By 10:15 Thursday morning, roughly 12,000 brand new brightly colored backpacks stuffed with school supplies were ready to be placed in the hands of Richmond-area students. But that was only the beginning. The goal was to stuff 50,000 backpacks for students living in Richmond, Petersburg, and the counties of Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield in a single day.

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What does it take to get a teaching license in Virginia?

NORFOLK, Va. - Shelby Pepmeyer is a Norfolk school teacher certified in both general and special education. "Teaching is like my whole life, basically," Pepmeyer told News 3. After graduating and getting certified in her home state of Pennsylvania, she moved to the Mermaid City.

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New school year brings pick-up, speed enforcement changes

With the beginning of school next week comes some changes regarding traffic in and around Wythe County schools. First, school and law enforcement officials are asking parents to dramatically decrease the amount of time they spend in school pick-up lines. And second, Wythe County deputies will be watching for speeders at five county schools.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

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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