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April 27, 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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State announces equipment grant for high schools and technical centers

The Virginia Department of Education has awarded grants to 16 school divisions to upgrade their STEM and career and technical education (CTE) facilities. Each recipient will get $37,500 (of a total $600,000 awarded) to purchase new equipment or make improvements.

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Arlington public schools suspend overnight field trips to Outdoor Lab

Arlington Public Schools has suspended overnight field trips to the Outdoor Lab after an "incident" at the campsite and natural classroom in Fauquier County. School officials declined to provide more details, but said an investigation had been launched. Fast, informative and written just for locals.

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Virginia Beach 'sexually explicit content' policy for school libraries draws criticism

Board members, librarians and community members had questions about the proposed changes to Virginia Beach Public School's policy on library materials. Would it require librarians to read hundreds of books every year to identify sexually explicit content? How is lewd defined? Are the changes even necessary?

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ACHS soph Jay Harris is State FFA Tractor Operating Champion

Appomattox County High School sophomore Jay Harris competed in the FFA State Finals Tractor Operating Career Development Event (CDE) in Harrisonburg on April 13. Harris competed against 13 students from across the Commonwealth.

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Why Henrico will likely opt for weapons detectors over metal detectors in schools - The Henrico Citizen

Henrico County Public Schools will explore moving forward testing weapons detectors over metal detectors, administrators announced during Thursday's monthly school board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Amy Cashwell said the move is part of the district's layered safety approach, which she said administrators are continually evaluating and supplementing.

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Meridian High School Student Highlights The Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Through Virginia | Falls Church News-Press Online

Falls Church, VA April 4 th: Meridian High School student and C.A.R. President interviews a noted historian on America's Revolutionary War, to highlight the Washington/Rochambeau Route through Virginia. (available soon on our FCCTV station).

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Budget disappointments cast clouds over 5% raises for all school employees

RCPS Superintendent Dr. Trey Davis primed the School Board and Board of Supervisors for troubled waters with regard to the school system's proposed budget. And with that the hope that that all school employees will get a 5% raise like other County employees has dimmed.

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Richmond fire chief touts inspection improvement

Richmond Fire Chief Melvin Carter told members of City Council's Public Safety Standing Committee on Tuesday that the fire department inspected every Richmond public school for the current academic year and verified that all noted code violations were corrected.

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VSBA student essay contest highlights civility - The Henrico Citizen

For the third year, the Virginia School Boards Association is sponsoring a personal essay/speaking contest open to all Virginia public high school students (grades 9-12). This year's topic is "The Meaning of Civility." Finalists will have an opportunity to present before an audience of more than 300 school board members and administrators at the 2023 VSBA Conference on Education.

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School board continues its discussion of cell phone policy - Gazette Journal

The Mathews County School Board resumed its discussion geared to developing a policy regulating student use of cell phones in school during Tuesday's monthly meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School media center.

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Don't miss our next VSBA event

2023 School Law Conference, June 2, 2023 - Richmond

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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