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Monday, May 16, 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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On Friday, the VSBA Daily News included an editorial regarding the Spotsylvania School Board. This editorial should not have been included in the Daily News. VSBA does not share the opinion of the editorial. Our goal is to always report news articles regarding school divisions and not editorial opinions. 

Albemarle Board rejects collective bargaining resolution

The Albemarle County School Board voted down a proposed resolution from teachers that would have allowed most division employees to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement - dealing a blow to the current unionization effort, though next steps are unclear.

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Virginia High School Orchestra to Perform Composition Written Just for Them

When we think of orchestra music we probably think of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. But some Fairfax County orchestra students are just days away from a world premiere of music that is anything but classical. The Mt. Vernon High School orchestra will be the first to to play a composition written just for them.

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Federal funding approved for Washington County, Virginia, school renovations

Washington County, Virginia's four high schools are slated for improvements this year - thanks to federal funds granted to the school system. Both Abingdon High School and John S. Battle High School are slated for new entranceways while Holston High School and Patrick Henry High School are both set for restroom renovations.

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Washington-Liberty HS Student Among 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars

ARLINGTON, VA - Washington-Liberty High School student Maya Koenig was selected as a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Koenig is one of 161 U.S. high school seniors named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars. An online recognition program is planned this summer to honor the Presidential Scholars.

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After Portsmouth school moves to virtual learning, uncertainty remains around future COVID surge

Hampton Roads schools face some uncertainties as COVID cases in the region continue to rise. Shifting entire schools to virtual learning due to the coronavirus has been rare in recent months, but one Portsmouth high school made the move recently after a spike in cases among staff members.

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City Schools Receive $30K Broadband Grant

Harrisonburg City Public Schools has received a grant from Kajeet and the Virginia School Boards Association for $30,000. Kajeet is a connectivity service provider. Together the two gave out $270,000 to nine different Virginia school divisions. HCPS plans to use its grant to include all Kajeet's Education Broadband solutions, which include WiFi hot spots, school bus WiFi, LTE-embedded Chromebooks and routers.

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Varina HS student places second in 4th District Congressional Art Competition - The Henrico Citizen

A Varina High School junior placed second in the 2022 Congressional Art Competition in Virginia's 4th District. Haley Gantz earned the honor for her work titled "Lois Mailou Jones" (pictured). A Prince George County High School student won the competition, and a student from the Appomattox Regional Governor's School placed third.

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Bedford County School Board mulls resolutions on 'parental rights,' supporting teachers and staff

The Bedford County School Board is considering adopting two resolutions: one in support of "parental rights," and one in support of BCPS teachers and staff.

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New program at James Monroe High School aims to prepare students with IEPS for the workforce

Every school day, James Monroe High School senior Renee Pringles is part of the team working to keep the University of Mary Washington's campus grounds clean and beautiful. She spreads mulch, cuts grass, trims shrubs, blows away dead leaves, collects recycling and helps set up for outdoor events such as commencement.

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Falls Church Student Among 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars

FALLS CHURCH, VA - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology student Helen J. Dunn of Falls Church was selected as a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Dunn is one of 161 U.S. high school seniors named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars. An online recognition program is planned this summer to honor the Presidential Scholars.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

Virtual School: The New Normal Webinar, May 17, 2022

Beginning the 21-22 school year, seventeen rural school divisions in southwest Virginia teamed up to provide a virtual learning opportunity for students. The Region VII Virtual Academy partners with Virtual Virginia...

2022 School Law Conference, June 3, 2022

Designed to provide an update on basic principles of school law and emerging issues, this conference is vital to school board members, superintendents, and school board attorneys. It is held annually during the first week of June.

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