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April 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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School meal debt racks up in Virginia after federal aid ended

For the first school year since before the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia families have racked up school meal debt again.

While some school divisions with high concentrations of poverty, like Richmond Public Schools, are able to offer division-wide school meals for free using a federal program, some suburban areas like Henrico and Chesterfield counties do not meet those requirements.

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Supervisors discuss school funding; approve various items

The Fluvanna Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday (April 5) for a relatively short regular meeting followed by a budget work session. Among the items approved were:

The proclamation observing Child Abuse Awareness Month;

The advertisement of a public hearing on May 17 on VDOT’s Secondary Six-Year Plan for area roads;

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Henrico officials celebrate new Varina HS environmental specialty center

Henrico County Public Schools officials Wednesday celebrated the new Center for Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Varina High School during a grand opening event in partnership with Meta and the Henrico Education Foundation. The new high school specialty center is designed to help students get into the field for hands-on learning about the environment.

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Student Roundtable: Va. teens discuss challenges faced during unprecedented times

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It’s no secret that being a teenager can be tough, perhaps tougher than it was when adults were growing up.

From coping with a global pandemic to gun violence and mental health, NBC12 sat down with a group of students who shared their take on the world around them.

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Shenandoah County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Nominations Announced

Shenandoah County Public Schools announced the staff recognitions for the 2022-23 school year. Each school may choose a Teacher of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Team of the Year and Employee of the Year. The division Teacher of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Team of the Year, and Employee of the Year are selected from these nominees.

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High School Students Open Shop Where Others Can Get Their Dream Prom Dress for Free

A Centreville High School class set up a shop where students can find their dream prom dress for free. News4’s Lilian Mass reports.

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All Virginia schools will soon be required to have defibrillators

Under a law recently passed by the General Assembly, Virginia will require public schools to acquire and maintain automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, a medical device commonly used to help a heart return to a normal rhythm in an emergency.

It’s unclear how many schools in the commonwealth already have defibrillators, but the new law will require school boards to develop a plan for their placement and care in every school. Under current law, schools have the option to develop their own plan.

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Orange teacher of the year feels at home in school

For as long as Elaine Seal can remember, she has wanted to be a teacher.

The seventh-grade English teacher at Prospect Heights Middle School had an extensive career as a legal assistant before switching to education. But even as a child, she remembers playing school by herself, writing lessons and equations in chalk on the paneled walls of her old home.

And now Seal is not just any teacher, but she was also recently was named the 2023 Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Teacher of the Year.

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Loudoun schools’ bias-reporting system might violate free speech, court says

A program intended to address discrimination at Loudoun County Public Schools might violate the First Amendment, a federal appellate court ruled Friday, and a lawsuit challenging the program can move forward.

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Roanoke School Board interviews wrap up

Roanoke City Council has wrapped up its school board candidate interviews Monday before making two appointments next month.

The council appoints school board trustees for three-year terms, and has now interviewed five people — two of them incumbents —for the two seats that will open up July 1.

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The 2023 School Law Conference kicks off with a presentation from the Division of Public Safety Training and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety on preventative behavioral threat assessment in an educational setting. Following this presentation is a session on special education. Next, hear about teachers’ free speech rights after the Supreme Court Case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. To close out, there will be a legislative update from the VSBA Legislative Team. Register Today!

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