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January 18, 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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Thomas Jefferson High School named winner in nationwide NASA challenge

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was announced as one of 60 nationwide winners in NASA's TechRise Competition on Thursday.

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School officials were told 6-year-old had gun before teacher was shot at Virginia school, superintendent says

Administrators at the Virginia school where a first-grader shot his teacher learned the child may have had a weapon in his possession before the shooting but did not find the handgun despite searching his bag, the schools superintendent said.

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Proposal to make meals free for all Virginia students at all schools

There is a push in the General Assembly this session to make breakfast and lunch free for all Virginia students. The 270 million dollar budget amendment would make room for the 51 school divisions in the state that don't already participate in a program to provide school meals.

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Albemarle School Board renames Meriwether Lewis Elementary

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Albemarle County will be officially renamed Ivy Elementary School after a unanimous school board vote Thursday evening. The decision was made in spite of a community survey conducted late last year that found an overwhelming majority preferred keeping the name.

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Rockingham County Expands High School Course Offerings

As the workforce changes, so do the learning needs of students while they're still in public education. School divisions must look at what their offering students in the way of courses and decide every year whether they need to omit, change or add course offerings.

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Proposal to change how Virginia schools are alerted of employee arrests, convictions

A bill that would change how Virginia schools are notified of certain employee arrests and convictions received bipartisan support .

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New Kent superintendent nationally recognized for communication efforts

During his four years at New Kent County Public Schools, Superintendent Brian Nichols has made technology a priority. Now, he's being nationally recognized for his efforts by the National School Public Relations Association.

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Facing teacher shortages, legislators propose ideas to bring up pay, lighten workloads

Lawmakers proposed a range of bills that aim to address low job satisfaction among public school teachers. The state's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission recently found that 10,900 teachers left the workforce ahead of the current school year.

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Cumberland schools, organizations detail plans for the new year

Heading into a new year, many of the local departments, agencies and community service providers in Cumberland County are off to a strong start. However, at the first Cumberland County Board of Supervisors meeting of the year, one organization gave the unfortunate news that it's closing its doors.

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Board approves School Security Committee

The Pulaski County School Board met for their regular January meeting and one of the topics discussed and later approved was the formation of a School Security Committee. The main goal of the committee will be to enhance the already detailed security measures found throughout the school system.

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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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