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Tuesday, November 22, 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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Aviation company helps build students' interest in aviation

BRIDGEWATER - Ready for takeoff. Staunton High School technical education students took an all-day field trip Thursday to Dynamic Aviation, a privately-owned aircraft company, to participate in the Nextgen Aviators program. The school's career coach, Brett Peters, collaborated with the technical center's engineering class to go to the aviation facility.

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Sexually Explicit Content Notification Policy Heads to School Board Vote

Policy 5055, the proposed requirement for advance parental notification of sexually explicit school materials is set for a final round of debate and a vote by the School Board on Nov. 29. The policy was presented during Tuesday night's meeting after the Curriculum and Instruction Committee unanimously voted to send it to the full board Nov 9.

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Supreme Court won't review discrimination suit against Fairfax County schools

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a discrimination lawsuit against Fairfax County Public Schools. The case stems from a complaint by a former Oakton High School student who said she was sexually assaulted by another male student while on a band trip in 2017.

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Buchanan County supervisor proposes make-up year for Virginia students

In light of a scathing report showing that Virginia students have been underperforming in recent years, a Buchanan County supervisor is proposing to allow K-12 students who have fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic an optional make-up year to improve their academic test scores and athletic performance.

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Supreme Court turns away Virginia school's appeal of sex-assault case

FALLS CHURCH - The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a Virginia school board that says it shouldn't be held liable for the alleged sexual assault of a student by a classmate on a band trip. The court without comment on Monday rejected the appeal from the Fairfax County School Board.

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As mental health problems in schools soar, provider pulls out of southwestern districts - Virginia Mercury

Several southwestern school districts in Virginia have less than a month before losing a key mental health services provider, which is citing changes in how the state handles the provision of such services as a reason for pulling out. Family Preservation Services announced in a Oct.

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PCPS to receive grant for security equipment

By DAVID GRAVELY Pulaski County Public Schools is one of several Virginia schools to receive a portion of $12 million in grants for security updates. Pulaski and Roanoke counties received the largest grants in the area, $250,000 each, which is the maximum allowed by the program.

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Pittsylvania County grant to fund 10 new school resource officers

Pittsylvania County signed off on a grant earlier this week to fund 10 more school resource officers. Now comes the hard part: filling those positions. The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office already has nine vacancies in the field, Sheriff Mike Taylor told supervisors at a work session Tuesday in Chatham.

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Williamsburg-area teachers call for raises, say bonus not enough to pay for rising prices

Teachers and other workers with Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools held a rally before this week's school board meeting to call for better pay on a night when the board approved a bonus for employees. About 60 people, many dressed in red, showed up at James Blair Middle School's gym on Tuesday asking for a 10% pay raise for all WJCC school workers.

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Prince William schools ombudsman: Parent complaints up, employee visits down

Teacher visits to the Prince William County Schools ombudsman office were down in 2021-22 compared with the previous year, but the number of parents, guardians, and community members who brought issues to the ombudsman more than tripled.

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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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