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February 14, 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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Louisa County students mixing math with hands-on robotics

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Students at Louisa County Middle School are using robots to help put a different spin on education. "Sitting and doing a worksheet is important at times, but it's not as much fun as actual hands-on learning," Rachel Green said Friday, February 10. Green is a sixth grade teacher.

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Following setbacks, Loudoun Co. schools begin search for new superintendent

Loudoun County Public Schools has selected a recruiting firm to start the process of hiring a new superintendent, who the Virginia-school system hopes to have ready for the 2023-2024 school year. Loudoun's school board will be seeking feedback from staff, parents and community leaders.

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School Board chair provides update on search for Newport News Superintendent

We're learning more about the search for a new Newport News Superintendent. The School Board fired Superintendent Dr. George Parker two weeks ago. School Board Chair Lisa Surles-Law said they want to make sure the community is part of the process, but isn't sure yet what form that might take.

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New Clarke schools policy targets substance use in extracurricular activities

BERRYVILLE - A policy recently adopted by the Clarke County School Board outlines repercussions for students in extracurricular activities who use illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco/vaping products. The policy states that it's intended to protect students' physical and mental well-being by banning substances that could negatively affect them.

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Proposed policy revisions would limit ability of parents, businesses to donate snacks to Spotsy schools

The Spotsylvania School Board on Monday will consider proposed changes to the division's policy concerning public gifts to schools that would limit the ability of individuals and businesses to donate prepackaged snacks and other food items to schools.

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PCPS budget comes up short; VDOE calculation error could cost school system $183K

Patrick County Public Schools (PCPS) Superintendent gave an update on the FY22-23 budget to the PCPS board at the regular February board meeting. A calculation error occurred when the Grocery Tax Hold Harmless addition was not removed from state and local basic aid.

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School security back at No. 1 priority in IWCS capital plan

Isle of Wight County's School Board is set to vote in February on a revised capital improvements plan, which restores school security upgrades as its top priority. In 2022, in the wake of the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, Isle of Wight County Schools staff proposed redesigning all nine school [...]

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Albemarle teachers make second bid for collective bargaining

The union representing Albemarle County teachers and school staff has submitted a second resolution for collective bargaining rights, nine months after the school board denied its first bid. The Albemarle Education Association presented the resolution at a county school board meeting Thursday night. Roughly 1,300 employees at Albemarle schools have now signed union authorization cards.

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Prince William Education Association sweeps union election for school workers

The Prince William Education Association won both bids to represent the county's more than 11,500 non-administrative school employees in a new collective bargaining. The union was successful in both of its elections; securing exclusive bargaining rights for the school division's teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians and other state-licensed employees, as well as its classified employees.

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Amherst schools' opt-in policy draws more backlash

The majority of a dozen speakers who addressed the Amherst County School Board Thursday asked the board to reverse a recently adopted opt-in policy for sexually explicit materials in schools. The opt-in policy was an additional measure apart from a model policy a committee appointed by the board recommended.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

March Hot Topic Conference, March 15, 2023

Join us for the March Hot Topic Conference in Wytheville, Virginia on March 15, 2023. This will be an informative and important hot topic conference that focuses on multiple trending education topics like workforce readiness, virtual reality in public schools, and the “new pandemic” teacher shortages.

COSSBA Inaugural National Conference: Leading and Learning Together!, March 31 - April 2, 2023

Join school board members and education leaders from across the country at COSSBA's inaugural national conference for training and networking opportunities to engage around issues that directly impact the work of governing public education.

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