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January 24, 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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Union votes begin for Prince William school workers

Voting is underway in what's being touted as the largest public sector union election in Virginia's history, as 11,000 Prince William County Schools employees will decide whether they want the Prince William Education Association to represent them in a collective bargaining process. Online and phone voting started Tuesday and will run through Feb.

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Stafford County schools failed to notify some students of National Merit commendations

Another regional school division is apologizing for failing to notify students of National Merit commendations. "We are deeply saddened to learn yesterday that six of our students were not notified of their National Merit Scholar Commended Student status in a timely manner," the school division said in a Friday news release.

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After Richneck Elementary shooting, Portsmouth schools seek $4.6 million for security

The Portsmouth Public School administration seeks additional funds from the city to put weapons detection systems in all school buildings - including elementary schools and preschool centers - in light of the Richneck Elementary School shooting.

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Richneck students to return for orientation next week

In less than a week, students at Richneck Elementary in Newport News will transition back into the building. Since the Richneck Elementary school shooting two weeks ago, a lot has been going on behind the scenes to get the building ready for students and staff to return.

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Henrico middle school student in custody after bringing gun to school

A Glen Allen middle school student is in custody after a gun was found in his backpack on Friday morning. A representative from Henrico County Public Schools confirmed that a student was taken into custody at Holman Middle School on Friday.

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Former superintendent to repay Montgomery County schools based on agreement

Former Superintendent Mark Miear is required to repay $55,137 to the Montgomery County School Board by Jan. 31, according to an agreement between it and its former employee. The agreement, obtained through a public records request, was unanimously approved by the school board last month following a specially-called closed session.

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Prosecutor says case against ex-LCPS supe should continue

Ex-Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott A. Ziegler's lawyer is employing a repetitive defense to get the case dismissed, according to the Virginia Attorney General's Office. Theophani K. Stamos, special counsel to the Attorney General's Office, said defense attorney.

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Mandatory internet safety education proposed for all Virginia public schools

There's a bill that would make internet safety education mandatory in Virginia public schools. HB1575 The Safety While Accessing Technology (SWAT) education program would include: The Safe Surfin' Foundation has been working to put this bill together with Lynchburg Delegate Wendell Walker.

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Williamsburg-area school board approves increase in substitute teacher pay

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board voted to approve a pay increase for substitute teachers, bus drivers and nurses through the remainder of the school year. The increases are in response to the increased need for the positions.

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SAT, ACT test scores are optional at many universities - and fewer Hampton Roads students are taking them

Princess Anne High School junior Victoria Lord said she never considered skipping the SAT. The Virginia Beach student will take the test although she knows not all colleges she might apply to require it.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

Orientation for New Board Members, Superintendents, Chairs and Vice-Chairs, January 31, 2023

There are few elected/appointed positions as important to the future of our communities as a school board member. As election season wraps up and new educational leaders prepare to take their seats on boards of education across the state, VSBA is here to help them optimize the effectiveness of their governance teams.

2023 VSBA Capital Conference, January 30-31, 2023

This year’s two-day Capital Conference will kick off with a budget and economic outlook for 2023 with the latest update on the Commonwealth’s financial picture. After the budget presentation there will be a conversation between Former Virginia House of Delegate Chris Saxman and Dr. Bob Holsworth with their perspectives on the landscape of Virginia politics in 2023 and beyond. Following this session, attendees will hear from VSBA’s own, J.T. Kessler and Stacy Haney on the happenings at the Capitol for the 2023 Virginia General Assembly.

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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