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Wednesday, August 24, 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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Metro area back to school begins with Fairfax, Alexandria City opening

"Hello, my name is Jazeer," Jazeer Molina said, as he pivoted to face the third-grader sitting next to him. "Good morning!" His classmate, Hassam Chugtai, stared at Jazeer for a minute as he tried to remember the directions their new third-grade teacher Erin Criss, gave to them.

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MCHS-MCMS facility ready for occupancy ahead of start date for new school year - SoVaNOW: Home of The News & Record and The Mecklenburg Sun

Mecklenburg County's new high school and middle school complex has received a temporary certificate of occupancy, paving the way for staff to move into the new building as the Sept. 12 start of the new school year approaches.

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Richmond School Board votes down motion to scrap division's curriculum

The Richmond School Board voted 5-4 Tuesday night to defeat an effort to scrap the RPS curriculum as students prepare to head back to school. Superintendent Jason Kamras said such a "tectonic" change would cause upheaval for the city's public schools as students prepare to head back to class next week.

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Manassas schools to remain in current space

Manassas City Public Schools is abandoning a tentative plan to renovate and move its central office staff into the current Manassas police headquarters once the new Grant Avenue police headquarters building is complete. Instead, the School Board and staff have agreed to purchase the commercial building it's currently in, with long-term plans to use more space in the building for career and technical education instruction.

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First class enters Maggie Walker school after new testing policy begins

It's back-to-school time for many kids in the Richmond area - including the new freshman class at the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School. It's the first class admitted under a new admissions policy that was approved in 2020, which ended the administering of an achievement test in an attempt to create a more equitable admissions process.

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Governor Youngkin "fast-tracking" plan to reduce Virginia's teacher shortage

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)- Governor Glenn Youngkin said he is fast tracking a plan to reduce teacher shortages. It comes as some fear recently approved pay raises were too little, too late. The Virginia Education Association (VEA) found, as of Aug. 11, nearly 10,500 job openings were posted by school divisions statewide, many of which were teaching positions.

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Here are the Hampton Roads schools that will continue to offer free meals to students

All schools offered free breakfast and lunch to K-12 students in the state for the last two years, but those policies created to support families during the pandemic have expired. This means that families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunches will have to pay for meals this school year.

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Davis named principal at Halifax County High School - SoVaNOW: Home of The News & Record and The Mecklenburg Sun

Kelvin Davis, an associate principal at Halifax County High School, has been named the school's principal by the Halifax County School Board. Trustees approved the appointment during a special meeting Monday night in which personnel matters were discussed in closed session. Davis will earn an annual salary of $93,586 in his new position.

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All Nelson County public schools fully accredited

Applause greeted Nelson County Public Schools Superintendent Amanda Hester's announcement at the August school board meeting - all division schools have achieved accreditation. The Virginia Board of Education (VDOE) evaluates Virginia public schools academic performance every year and schools' VDOE ratings in a number of indicator categories determine their accreditation status.

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Fairfax Co. schools never got email about counselor's arrest - WTOP News

Emails from the Chesterfield County, Virginia, police department aimed at informing Fairfax County Public Schools that a middle school counselor had been arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution from a minor were sent to faulty email addresses, police said Monday.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

2022 VSBA Paid Webinar Series: Skills for Leaders

Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) is offering a webinar series to assist school board members, superintendents, and administrators in improving their leadership skills. Dr. Noal Cochran, our dynamic speaker, at the VSBA Conference on Education introduced this series with his keynote presentation, “Worry 'Bout Dem Der Gators in Da Water”— An Introduction to Leadership. This session is designed to help leaders identify their feelings and understand the connection to emotional responses from others. Attendees will learn the dynamics that motivate success and takeaway skills that can be directly applied to effective leadership.

2022 VSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference, September 22, 2022

Now, more than ever, school board member voices need to be heard! The stakes for public education have never been greater and school board members must be prepared to advocate effectively for public schools. Join VSBA at our 2022 Legislative Advocacy Conference where you will gain valuable insight into the issues that promise to have lasting impacts on the Commonwealth. This conference will inform and educate school board members as leaders discuss the Virginia Literacy Act, cyber security reporting requirements, a glimpse into how current events will influence the direction of the 2023 General Assembly, and much more.

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