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Monday, August 8, 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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Hanover School Board to introduce proposed transgender policy

The Hanover County School Board on Tuesday is expected to introduce and discuss a new proposed policy regarding the treatment of transgender students. The proposed policy would require transgender students, along with their parents or guardians, to submit a written request asking for access to restrooms, locker rooms or changing facilities that align with the students' gender identities.

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Lynchburg City Schools provides timeline for master facilities plan

Lynchburg City Schools administrators have provided an update on the school system's upcoming master facilities plan, laying out a draft timeline for when there could be decisions made on the actual buildings.

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Virginia Beach schools to remove some library books, keep others after complaints

VIRGINIA BEACH - Virginia Beach Public Schools will remove some titles from library shelves after citizens complained that they were inappropriate for children. Other titles will remain after committee review. "Lucky" by Alice Sebold and "Triangles" by Ellen Hopkins will be taken out.

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Spotsylvania has 114 vacant teaching positions with school starting next week

One week before the start of the 2022-23 school year, Spotsylvania County Public Schools has 114 vacant teaching positions, down from 162 a month ago. Interim Superintendent Kelly Guempel provided the School Board with a staffing update at a special meeting Aug. 3-the third special meeting called in as many weeks to approve personnel packages.

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Sniffing out school violence: IWCS considers gun-detecting dogs - Smithfield Times

Gun-sniffing dogs could be in Isle of Wight County Schools' future. Paul Roushia, co-owner of American K-9 Interdiction LLC, says his southern Isle of Wight-based dog-training company's partnership with a nearby school system has seen success in preventing school shootings. "A few months back, we were contacted by the Hampton city schools," Roushia, an ex-Navy [...]

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Virginia committing $1B to K-12 school construction

Gov. Glenn Youngkin participated in the official grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Mecklenburg County Middle School and High School on Friday, and used the occasion to ceremonially sign legislation providing more than $1 billion in school construction funds for K-12 public education.

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Henrico Public Schools appoints former VDOE official as chief of staff

Henrico County Public Schools' new chief of staff is a former Virginia Department of Education official. Holly Coy will be officially appointed at the Henrico School Board's meeting next week. Coy served as assistant superintendent of policy, equity and communications at the VDOE from May 2020 to March of this year.

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County School Board To Receive Legal Review On Name Change Policy

The Rockingham County School Board will meet Monday and likely get legal counsel about a policy proposed by board member Matt Cross, said Superintendent Oskar Scheikl. This step in the policy proposal process was set to take place at a July 12 meeting.

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133 Danville teachers resigned last school year, report says

A nationwide teacher shortage is being felt on the Southside after more than a hundred teachers resigned last year.

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RPS receives award for fighting hunger

Richmond Public Schools is one of six school districts in the state to receive a 2022 Food for Thought Award from the Virginia School Boards Association. RPS won for the "Meal Access to Fight Hunger" category, for school districts with more than 10,001 students.

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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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