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Thursday, July 14, 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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To be considered by the judges, the official nomination form and supporting materials for each of the award programs must be received by July 20, 2022. Please do not hesitate to contact VSBA should you have any questions. For questions, please contact Brittany Moore, membership services coordinator at or by calling 800-446-8722.

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Bedford County library addresses concerns following protests over pride display

FOREST, Va. - A local public library is setting the record straight following continuing controversy over a display. In a Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday night, several people protested and spoke out against the Forest Library, claiming they took down a pride display after complaints.

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Blacksburg council OK's mass gathering changes; prompted by student behavior

BLACKSBURG - The Town Council approved changes Tuesday night to the locality's nearly three-decade-old mass outdoor gathering ordinance, adjustments prompted by the evolution of student behavior and pre-game parties. Among the changes, which council approved on a 7-0 vote, is the addition of a voluntary party registration process for smaller events - ones fewer than 200 people - that don't necessarily meet the conditions requiring a town-issued mass gathering permit.

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Records of transgender students could have been disclosed amid unrelated investigation

On Monday, a Loudoun County judge ruled that a grand jury investigation into the public school district's handling of two sexual assaults can move forward. While the gender identity of the accused student is unclear, the assaults have been swept up into the political debate about transgender student bathroom policies.

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Fairfax Co. public schools move toward benefits equity for LGBTQ+ staff | WTOP News

The Fairfax County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed plan for "family planning benefit parity" for LGBTQIA identifying employees across the county's system. In a statement, school board member Karl Frisch said heterosexual terms in insurance and family planning benefits cause those who don't identify in a heteronormative way to pay for treatments out of pocket.

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Council appoints new school board members

The Martinsville School Board will be getting a former city council member and a Martinsville native as its newest members. After a closed session meeting Tuesday night, City Council named former council member Jim Woods and Martinsville native Michael Williamson to the Martinsville School Board.

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Franklin County Schools demand more SROs in schools

Franklin County School Board and the Sheriff's Office are teaming up with one goal in mind - to keep all students safe.

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Commentary: What's the state of school reform in the Fredericksburg region?

shift from summer to back-to-school mode, it's worth stepping back and seeing where we are on the latest effort to reform Virginia's schools. Gov. Glenn Youngkin's and Education Secretary Aimee Guidera's promise to "fix" our public educational system, which they've routinely criticized since January, rests on well-worn approaches.

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Parents worry about 'watching kids get shot,' school security, as new academic year approaches

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - With many school districts resuming school in August, parents have begun to re-enter the world of pencils, paper and school buses - but this year, something else is top of mind: school security. "Uvalde is very close to home." Meredith Miller, a new Central Virginian and mother to her 8-year-old daughter, said.

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Some in Staunton, including 3 running for school board, support weekday religious education 

Since April, the public input portion of the city's monthly school board meetings has been dominated by those who want the school division to bring back weekday religious education (WRE). Although it doesn't appear the current school board plans to vote on reinstating the program anytime soon, some of the candidates for open school board seats in this year's election have come out in favor of the program that promotes Christianity and the teachings of the Bible.

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Henrico Education Foundation funds 8 innovative ideas from Henrico educators - The Henrico Citizen

Eight innovative ideas from Henrico County Public Schools teachers and school administrators will come to life, thanks to funding from the Henrico Education Foundation. The foundation's latest round of Innovation Grants total $51,077 to fund the projects proposed by HCPS educators, which will benefit more than 4,800 HCPS students.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

2022 VSBA Conference on Education, July 19, 2022

Join school division leaders from across Virginia at the 37th annual VSBA Conference on Education. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of mini-workshops which highlight successful practices in Virginia’s...

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Speaking our truth is seen as a positive character trait. What happens when leaders speak or listen without perceptual filters? Join us for this first live webinar which is part of a series with Dr. Noal Cochran.

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