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February 1, 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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Local school divisions short $201 million in aid because of state error

Local school divisions in Virginia just learned that they will receive $201 million less in state aid than they expected. The Virginia Department of Education has acknowledged the mistake in calculating state basic aid for K-12 school divisions.

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As Richneck Elementary reopens, community hopes for return to normalcy

Richneck Elementary students returned to school Monday, more than three weeks after the shooting of first-grade teacher Abigail Zwerner. Teachers and friendly signs, as well as police officers and metal detectors, welcomed the kids back.

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Danville names Teacher of the Year

George Washington High School Orchestra Conductor Frenita Griffin was named the Danville Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Griffin, a native of Danville and a product of Danville schools, holds a Bachelor's Degree from James Madison University and a Master's Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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February is CTE Month in Culpeper schools, nationwide

February is Career & Technical Education Month in Culpeper County Public Schools and across America. CTE Month celebrates the value of technical education and achievements of programs teaching practical work skills.

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Van Heukelum named Region IV Superintendent of the Year

Winchester Public Schools Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum is elected as Region IV's 2022-23 Superintendent of the Year. He will now compete with eight regional winners for state superintendent of the year.

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Virginia Board of Education to review updated history standards

Staff at the Virginia Department of Education hope the third draft's the charm. The latest proposed update to the state history and social science standards is set to be considered by the state Board of Education on Wednesday and Thursday.

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AHPS Superintendent Working to Help At-Risk Youth in State

Kim Halterman, superintendent of Alleghany Highlands Public Schools, is a member of a Virginia Department of Education committee that aims to address issues affecting at-risk youth.

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Richmond school board member eyes school closures to make up for budget shortfall

To make up for a budget shortfall and declining enrollment, a Richmond school board member is proposing shutting down five Richmond schools. Fourth district school board member, Jonathan Young, brought forth a budget amendment proposal.

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Amherst schools dinner serves up connections, community camaraderie

Before the first piece of fried chicken was served at Amherst County Public Schools' Community Connections Dinner, laughter and conversations filled the building like the busy hallway of a school before the start of class.

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King and Queen school board chooses leaders

The King and Queen County School Board started the new year with reorganization of the board. Celestine Gaines was nominated to remain as chair and Harwood Hall as vice chair. This will be her fourth year in a row as chair, as well as two previous years.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

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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