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Tuesday, May 10, 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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23 Va. school districts have taken books off shelves in past two years

Zetta Elliott, a Black educator, author and poet, spoke frankly with fifth-graders at Richmond's G.H. Reid Elementary on Friday morning about social justice and the lack of Black and brown children in books. She talked about how for years her books were tossed to the side by publishing companies, because "there's no market for books like yours."

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Fredericksburg City Public Schools receives state grant for electric school buses

Electric school buses will be coming to Fredericksburg City Public Schools, thanks to a $2.6 million grant awarded to the division by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's clean school bus program. The grant will offset the purchase of 10 electric school buses and is part of more than $14 million being awarded by VDEQ to public schools throughout the state to replace diesel buses with electric.

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Yorktown teacher receives $25K award during Teacher Appreciation Week

YORKTOWN, Va. - One Yorktown teacher received the surprise of a lifetime. During this year's Teacher Appreciation Week, a third-grade teacher at Coventry Elementary School, Taylor Goodson, received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award. The $25K award was presented by the Milken Family Foundation during a school assembly.

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RPS to update parents on plan to rezone River City Middle School students

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - This week, Richmond School leaders will begin contacting families impacted by the River City rezoning. One week ago, the board voted to move some students from River City Middle to Lucille Brown, Boushall, and Binford Middle Schools to help with overcrowding.

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Hermitage HS student wins Seventh District Congressional Art Competition - The Henrico Citizen

U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger and Hermitage High School student Kayley Thomas. (Contributed photo) Hermitage High School student Kayley Thomas won the Seventh Congressional District Art Competition, earning the right to have her winning piece, titled "Sit-In," displayed in the United States Capitol alongside winners from other districts nationwide for one year.

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Montgomery County getting more money for electric school buses

CHRISTIANSBURG - Montgomery County schools will receive just under $600,000 through the state for purchase of two electric school buses, according to an announcement from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality this past week. The funding, $597,492, is part of more than $14 million being provided to public schools throughout the state to replace old diesel school buses with all-electric buses.

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Alexandria School Board approves Narcan in all schools | WTOP News

The Alexandria City School Board voted Thursday to make Narcan immediately available in city public schools. Narcan, or naloxone, is a prescription nasal spray that is designed to reverse opioid overdoses in minutes. A school official told WTOP Narcan will be available in all ACPS schools, where nurses and other designated staff would be trained to administer the medication.

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Albemarle County schools to pay thousands in back pay to teachers

Donna Evans has faced many challenges throughout her 21-year teaching career, the most difficult of which was the number of classes and students she had to teach. She has had a lot. Last fall, Evans had 254 students across her 12 art classes at Jack Jouett Middle School.

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Virginia school boards: striking a balance between transparency and order

School boards across Virginia are dealing with sometimes hostile parents and potentially dangerous situations. But, they also have to manage the legal requirements for open meetings. "Public comment is now ended. We will move to our next agenda item..." That's the sound of a Loudoun County School Board meeting from last summer that, in retrospect, was a big mistake.

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Gov. Youngkin announces over $600K award to enhance crisis management in Virginia's schools

RICHMOND, Va. - Over $600,000 has been awarded to the Department of Criminal Justice Services to implement a crisis management enhancement project in the state's schools. Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced that the DCJS has been awarded $631,262 in competitive federal funding from the U.S.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

2022 School Law Conference, June 3, 2022

Designed to provide an update on basic principles of school law and emerging issues, this conference is vital to school board members, superintendents, and school board attorneys. It is held annually during the first week of June.

Virtual School: The New Normal Webinar, May 3, 2022

Beginning the 21-22 school year, seventeen rural school divisions in southwest Virginia teamed up to provide a virtual learning opportunity for students.

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