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Tuesday, September 13, 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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Local career-switcher program can help get teachers into the classroom

If you ask little kids what they want to be when they grow up, many of them will answer "a teacher." Teaching is often the first career a child is introduced to and "teachers are often the people who have the most influence on your life," said Dennis Keffer, director of Shenandoah University's extended and distance education program.

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Facebook message closes entire school system, sheriffs says

LUNENBURG COUNTY, Va. -- Lunenburg County Public Schools abruptly announced Sunday that schools would be closed on Monday throughout the county. In a Facebook post, that had its comments turned off, Lunenburg school leaders said the decision was made due to "unforeseen circumstances."

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Scrawled bomb threat forces early dismissal at James Monroe High School

For the second time in less than a week, James Monroe High School students were dismissed early Monday as the result of a bomb threat written on a bathroom wall, school officials said. Officials cleared the Fredericksburg school Monday after someone wrote a threat to blow up the building on a wall in a girls bathroom.

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With hundreds of teacher vacancies, Hampton Roads schools start a new year

Six major Hampton Roads school districts began the year with roughly 700 vacant teaching positions. Leading the region is Newport News, which had 260 open teaching positions as of this week. Michelle Price, director of public information and community involvement for the division, said the vacancies are on par with last year.

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To improve teacher retention, Richmond educators push to change 'scripted' curriculum: 'Trust teachers'

RICHMOND, Va. -- As Richmond Public Schools embarks on a mission to improve academic performance and fill teacher vacancies, some educators are speaking out about feeling ignored by division leadership. "It just feels like the district doesn't trust us to make decisions for our classrooms," said Stephen Straus, an English teacher at River City Middle School.

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News 3 Investigates when Virginia teachers lose their license over serious misconduct

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - The vast majority of teachers are wonderful people devoting their lives to helping people learn but a small number of them break boundaries and wind up in trouble. Every year a small number of teachers lose their license in the state of Virginia for serious misconduct.

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Dan River Middle School thanks local first responders during 9/11 ceremony

RINGGOLD, Va. (WDBJ) - Students at our local schools are remembering 9/11. Dan River Middle School had a school assembly in the gym for their 9/11 Patriot Day. The ceremony was held to thank local first responders and remember the lives lost on 9/11.

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Shenandoah School Board OKs textbook review process

WOODSTOCK - The Shenandoah County Public School Board has approved a process for citizens to challenge the suitability of specific textbooks and other learning resources for use by students. The board approved three different policy updates for SCPS at its Thursday meeting.

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Montgomery County SOL pass rates rebound somewhat

CHRISTIANSBURG - Pass rates for Montgomery County Public Schools on a handful of state standardized exam subjects showed signs of a rebound in the most recent school year, but still lag behind at least one of the periods preceding the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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APS to apply lessons from virtual learning program audit to planning for new online program

(Updated at 11:15 a.m.) The failures of the controversial Virtual Learning Program were "an indigestible meal that is going to make you sick," an Arlington Public Schools auditor told the School Board this summer. APS created the VLP in May 2021 for families who had reservations about resuming in-person school last fall as well as for students who prefer online instruction.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

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 to gain valuable insight into issues impacting education in the Commonwealth!

2022 VSBA Fall Superintendent Evaluation Workshop, October 4, 2022

Are you prepared to evaluate your Superintendent? Are you familiar with the recently revised performance guidelines? Register now for the Superintendent Evaluation Workshop to learn more about the newly revised Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Superintendents developed by the Virginia Department of Education.

2022 VSBA Title IX Workshop, September 27, 2022

With claims of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct hitting newsstands everywhere, Title IX coordinators and other senior staff need to be confident in their knowledge and enforcement of their divisions’ policies. Participants will learn the basics of Title IX, best practices regarding Title IX policies, and recent case law relating to sexual harassment of students, gender discrimination, employee training requirements, and more!

2022 VSBA Budget Training Workshop, October 20, 2022

The Basics of Budgeting for Student Needs is a two-hour session designed to provide school board members and division superintendents with a general understanding of the essential elements of budgeting and allocating division resources in a strategically-focused manner that aligns with and supports the individual needs, goals and aspirations of students.

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