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Wednesday, November 30, 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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Chesterfield schools first in Virginia to take part in Disney theater program

Disney magic is coming to four Chesterfield schools. Bensley, Crestwood, Harrowgate and Reams elementary schools were selected to take part in "Disney Musicals in Schools," a national program that infuses theater arts in public elementary schools. It is the first time the program is being hosted in Virginia.

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'Cubs to Lions' club empowers Virginia Beach students

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Surrounded by young men in bow ties and suspenders, you'd look around and think you're in an office. If it's Wednesday at Lynnhaven Elementary School, you're likely just in Calvin Gunnings' classroom. He hosts "Cubs to Lions", a mentorship program, weekly. Third-graders to fifth-graders are invited to participate.

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Arrests down in Prince William County schools, but threats increase

Five arrests have been made and 12 weapons - including five guns and four knives - have been recovered by Prince William County Police in county schools this year. That was one of several data points revealed by Prince William Police Chief Peter Newsham in a Nov.

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Effective date of new K-12 transgender policies unknown as public comment review continues

The Virginia Department of Education is still working to review more than 71,000 written public comments on its proposed K-12 transgender policies, and new policies will not go into effect until the task is completed. Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration revealed the controversial policies in September.

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School Board to Vote on Calendar, Sexually Explicit Materials Notification Policy

Next year's school calendar, a state mandated policy requiring parents to be notified about the use of sexually explicit material and a new local revenue sharing agreement are among the items set for votes at Tuesday's School Board meeting. The student calendar options include five choices after evolving from the original three proposed Oct.

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Extra state money may fund raises for city school employees

WINCHESTER - The city School Board is expected to use a portion of nearly $1 million in additional funding from the Virginia Department of Education to give pay raises to all Winchester Public Schools employees. What remains to be seen is how substantial those raises will be.

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Heart-warming military homecoming surprise for students at River Bend Elementary School

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - Lt. Col. Heath Phillips has served in the military for 22 years. He spent the last nine months in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of a NATO deployment with the U.S. Army National Guard. Last week, he was welcomed home by students and staff at River Bend Elementary School.

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Policy Change For RCPS Aims To Curb THC Vaping

It's not an issue unique to Rockingham County Public Schools, but it is one that has necessitated a policy change. Rockingham County Public Schools, like those across the country, have seen an uptick in students vaping THC on campus, said Doug Alderfer, assistant superintendent of leadership and administration.

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Work starts to restore GW Carver name back on Culpeper school

More than 50 years after the name of the renowned botanist and agricultural inventor George Washington Carver was removed from a local historic Black school, work has started to put it back. Dominion Traditional Building Group, based in Marshall, launched the project Nov. 9, at the Carver Center, along James Madison Highway in Culpeper County.

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Academy provides students with career certificates, work opportunities

One perennial challenge for small and rural community leaders is to establish ways to attract and retain young, talented, working-age adults, and the jobs that they seek. Here in Halifax, the Career Tech Academy - one of the programs housed at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center - is creating pathways and opportunities to help accomplish just that.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

Insights for Budget Basics & Finance 101: Part 1 Webinar: December 7, 2022Part 2 Webinar: December 8, 2022

This webinar series focuses on Virginia public school budgeting. Webinar 1 discusses the roles of elected officials, fiduciary requirements, stakeholders, and budget reports. While webinar #2 explains expenditures, including enrollment, staffing, salaries, and employee benefits. 

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.

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