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May 15, 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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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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RPS working to fill 150+ teacher vacancies

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond City Public Schools is working to address the ongoing teacher shortage. Right now, the school division has more than 150 teacher vacancies. The school division says it is ahead of where it was last year when it came to filling teacher vacancies.

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Harrisonburg School Board to host public hearing on proposed high school attendance zones

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Harrisonburg City Public Schools continues to work toward the fall 2024 opening of the new Rocktown High School. On Tuesday night the school board will hold a public hearing on its proposed attendance zones of Rocktown and the existing Harrisonburg High School.

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School division announces Prince William County Outstanding Educators awards

Prince William County schools this week announced the winners of this school year's Outstanding Educators Awards. This year, the school division also recognized finalists for the novice teacher, teacher and principal of the year at the awards ceremony. The 2022-23 winners each received a $1,500 award sponsored by Apple Federal Credit Union.

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Redbud Elementary student wins 1st place in art contest

Ten-year-old Joey Gil, a fifth grader at Redbud Run Elementary School in Frederick County, recently won first place in the elementary school category for the Virginia School Boards Association's Spring Regional Art Contest for the Valley Region.

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Around a dozen Powhatan High School students banned from prom after prank

POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - Around a dozen Powhatan High School students were banned from attending their prom after a senior prank which caused extensive damage to the school. 8News has learned that around a dozen students were banned from attending their senior prom, which took place Saturday, May 13, including the student who submitted a list of pranks that administrators approved ahead of the incident.

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Hanover school leaders weigh proposed changes to book review policy

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - Proposed policy changes could expand the reasons why library materials can be removed from Hanover County schools. Several people weighed in on the possible changes to the school division's policy regarding Library Materials Review at a school board meeting on Tuesday, May 9.

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Botetourt Technical Education Center Career Signing Day

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - In Botetourt County, a big day for some students as they join the workforce. Thirty one Botetourt Technical Education Center students participated in career signing day. It's when graduating high school seniors decide which companies they are going to work for.

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Ready to trade in classrooms for creek banks

ABINGDON, Va. - Brian Ratliff wants to go fishing. The longtime educator has spent more than 30 years in classrooms, boardrooms and at lengthy School Board meetings. Now the superintendent of schools in Washington County, Virginia, is slated to retire this summer after a decade of service.

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Fairfax Co. school board approves plan to provide students, staff access to Narcan in all classrooms - WTOP News

The Fairfax County, Virginia, school board approved a plan Thursday night to provide staff and students with access to fentanyl testing strips and to place Narcan in all classrooms. The board is also looking at the possibility of creating a special high school for kids to recover from addiction.

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How much security do schools need? Hampton Roads ramps up spending.

For the last several months, school safety concerns have kept parents and teachers on edge across Hampton Roads. Particularly since a 6-year-old student brought a gun to school and shot his teacher in a first-grade classroom at Newport News' Richneck Elementary in January, security measures have been top of mind.

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Don't miss our next VSBA event

2023 Conference on Education, July 13, 2023, Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump

We will kick off the 38th annual VSBA Conference on Education with the 2023 Virginia Teacher of the Year, Ms. Fabiana Parker from Spotsylvania County Public Schools. Following her presentation VACORP will help present the 2023 Excellence in Workforce Readiness Awards. Next, join other school division leaders from across the state and choose from a variety of mini-workshops which highlight successful practices in Virginia’s school divisions. Conference attendees will leave with many great insights and practical ideas. After the roundtable presentations, attendees will break into optional regional meetings to discuss pertinent issues and topics. During lunch, the annual VSBA Food for Thought 2023 winners will be announced. Attendees will also hear from the recipient of the 2023 Student Essay Scholarship. Please mark your calendars and register today!

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