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January 26, 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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Teacher Job Recruiting Fair hoping to fill hundreds of open positions across Southwest Virginia

It is no secret that schools all across the country are struggling to find teachers to fill open positions. According to the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium, there are 500 open teaching jobs across Southwest Virginia. To help fill some of those holes, a teacher recruiting job fair is taking place this Saturday from 9 a.m.

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Newport News School Board to vote on 'separation agreement' with superintendent

The meeting comes in the wake of a shooting at Richneck Elementary School on Jan. 6, where police said a 6-year-old shot his first-grade teacher. NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Newport News School Board will discuss a separation agreement and severance with Superintendent Dr. George Parker III during a special meeting Wednesday night.

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Board roles unchanged

The Floyd County Public School Board voted unanimously to change the monthly meeting time from 7 to 6 p.m. for the 2023 calendar year. No changes were made in board roles on Jan. 9 during the reorganization meeting. James Ingram continues to serve as chairman, Laura LeRoy continues to serve as vice chair and Janet Harris continues to be the clerk.

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'Programs will be cut': Chesterfield superintendent warns of $17 million shortfall

Chesterfield Superintendent gave a warning to county leaders Tuesday: if the budget doesn't shape up, Chesterfield schools will see real cuts in the classroom. The forecast came as Dr. Daugherty introduced his proposal for the school division's budget, the first step in a process that will likely stretch until at least April as the county and state balance their commitments to education.

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Expanded Class Action Alleges Fairfax County Violated Disabled Students' Civil Rights

Civil rights lawyers have expanded the scope of their class action lawsuit against the Fairfax County School Board and the Virginia Department of Education after more families came forward alleging the state had denied students their federally-mandated special education services.

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Montgomery Co. board chairman says former superintendent's comments 'regrettable'

Montgomery County School Board Chairman Mark Cherbaka said Tuesday night that former Superintendent Mark Miear's recent comments about his dismissal are "regrettable." Cherbaka read a statement about the situation at the start of a board meeting.

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RCC and Virginia Tech partnering on aquaculture training for high school students

Rappahannock Community College (RCC) has joined with Virginia Tech to offer a new career and technical training program, Promoting Careers in Aquaculture, for local high school juniors and seniors. The Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula region has a high concentration of employment opportunities in the seafood and shellfish aquaculture industry.

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Rural Virginia county's school board removes 22 books from library

MADISON - The Madison County School Board recently removed 22 books from the high school library in enacting a policy last fall against sexually explicit content. The banned titles included Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye," "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood and Stephen King's tale of Pennywise the clown, "It."

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Arlington school system gets more aggressive in reporting unexpected student absences

Arlington Public Schools has started the school year getting more aggressive in keeping parents informed when their students might not be in class. The school system on Jan. 17 rolled out an updated system for alerting parents to unverified absences, getting that information out earlier, more frequently and in more ways than previously.

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Edmunds won't seek third term on School Board

Freddie Edmunds, a two-term member of the Halifax County School Board representing Election District 5, announced this week that he will not seek re-election in November. Edmunds called his time on the School Board "a great experience, full of rewards and challenges" but said he will be stepping away with full confidence that Halifax County Public Schools will move forward in his absence.

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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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