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Tuesday, August 30, 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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RPS, Henrico welcome students back to school

Both districts are beginning their second consecutive school year of in-person learning after being predominantly virtual in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. While RPS still requires masks indoors, it didn't stop staff and students from expressing excitement and celebrating the first day of school. As students hopped off the school bus at J.L.

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$84M bid jeopardizes new Northampton school plan - Eastern Shore Post

By Stefanie Jackson - A low bid of $84 million - nearly $20 million over budget - is putting the Northampton middle and high school improvement project in jeopardy. "The Northampton County Board of Supervisors were very disappointed that the bids for the middle/high school project were so much over the estimated cost," Northampton County Administrator Charlie Kolakowski said Wednesday.

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Agriculture in the classroom helps local teachers - The Tidewater News

Every year, an estimated 500,000 Virginia schoolchildren can better understand the value of agriculture thanks to Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom. The program, housed at Virginia Farm Bureau Federation since 1992, has connected children with agricultural concepts through professional development and resources for educators, school grants, teacher awards, volunteer initiatives and fundraisers.

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Shenandoah School Board discusses library and textbook review policy

The Shenandoah County School Board discussed a policy regarding a review process for textbooks and library books during its work session on Thursday. A revised version of the policy includes a requirement to create a review committee for textbooks and library books.

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RPS community, family friends honor the life of George Wythe Principal Riddick Parker

EMPORIA - When Riddick Thurston Parker Jr. interviewed for the principal position at George Wythe High School, his grace, dignity and thoughtfulness left Richmond schools Superintendent Jason Kamras absolutely overwhelmed. "I knew immediately I was going to give him the job," Kamras said on Sunday.

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VDOE issues Superintendent memo on educator misconduct reporting requirements

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released a memo on educator misconduct reporting requirements in response to two major cases involving the alleged sexual misconduct of public school employees. The memo, penned by Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jillian Balow, cites "two recent highly publicized cases involving alleged misconduct by public school employees," as the impetus for the announcement.

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'Smiling faces, relieved parents': Peninsula schools welcome back students

NEWPORT NEWS - The students at Knollwood Meadows Elementary school received the "royal welcome" Monday morning. The new and returning Knights found their school - or the castle, as Principal Dillon Fail described it - decorated with balloons and castles at the main entrance.

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Settling scores: Wise County, Norton schools in top 10 statewide for Standards of Learning pass rate

WISE - Wise County and Norton's school divisions are among three far Southwest Virginia districts in the top ten statewide for Standards of Learning test pass rates in the previous year.

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Loudoun County, School Staff Plan for Growing Construction Crunch - Loudoun Now

Loudoun School Board members and staff members were startled earlier this month when only a single construction firm entered a bid to build a new middle school-and that bid was $23.4 million, or about 25%, over the project budget.

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Four takeaways from Virginia's post-pandemic standardized test results - Virginia Mercury

Education officials in Virginia have made addressing the student achievement gap a top priority in Virginia after standardized test results showed statewide declines. Virginia's pass rates, which are calculated from the Standards of Learning and Virginia Alternate Assessment Program tests, showed that all students performed better in 2021-22, when districts had returned to in-person learning, compared to the prior year.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

2022 VSBA Paid Webinar Series: Skills for Leaders

Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) is offering a webinar series to assist school board members, superintendents, and administrators in improving their leadership skills. Dr. Noal Cochran, our dynamic speaker, at the VSBA Conference on Education introduced this series with his keynote presentation, “Worry 'Bout Dem Der Gators in Da Water”— An Introduction to Leadership. This session is designed to help leaders identify their feelings and understand the connection to emotional responses from others. Attendees will learn the dynamics that motivate success and takeaway skills that can be directly applied to effective leadership.

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 where you will gain valuable insight into the issues that promise to have lasting impacts on the Commonwealth. This conference will inform and educate school board members as leaders discuss the Virginia Literacy Act, cyber security reporting requirements, a glimpse into how current events will influence the direction of the 2023 General Assembly, and much more.

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