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Wednesday, January 4, 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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State push for school safety leads to increased police presence

On a chilly December morning in Lynchburg, Kim Simon kicked off a weeklong training for law enforcement officers who were recently hired to work in Virginia schools. Simon is the school resource officer training and program coordinator for the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety.

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'3 strikes & you're out:' Disability, civil rights advocates blast school discipline bill

House Bill 1461 would require the Virginia Department of Education to establish a uniform system for disciplining disruptive behavior in classrooms.

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RPS to discuss chronic absenteeism, other topics during school board meeting

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Virginia Gov. Youngkin calls for investigation into Thomas Jefferson High over awards controversy

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is calling for an investigation into allegations that Thomas Jefferson High School, one of the top high schools in Northern Virginia, deprived students of the national merit recognition they earned until after important deadlines for college scholarships had passed.

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Timeline for reopening T.C. Miller, R.S. Payne elementary schools unclear

Lynchburg City Schools officials are working to get T.C. Miller and R.S. Payne elementary schools back in operation, Deputy Superintendent Reid Wodicka said Tuesday. On Friday, Lynchburg City Schools announced R.S. Payne and T.C. Miller students would attend schools remotely this week due to heating and plumbing problems in the two buildings.

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New Kent schools searching for explicit content in lessons

NEW KENT - New Kent County Public Schools is creating a list of materials to be flagged to parents to comply with Virginia law, but the policy is unlikely to see books pulled from school libraries. The New Kent School Board will vote on a draft policy related to such material on Jan.

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Virginia parents outraged at high school withholding merit awards in name of 'equity': 'Sabotage'

After a top-ranked Virginia high school withheld academic merit awards in the name of "equity," parents are expressing their outrage at administrators' response and the ultimate "sabotage" of students' college and career futures. "This was not a one-time error," said father Harry Jackson on " Fox & Friends" Monday.

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Nonprofit provides resources for Hopewell students after 8-year-old's murder

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'Fences' removed: LCPS cuts book version of award-winning play from curriculum

"Fences," a Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play about a Black family dealing with racism and family tension in Pittsburgh in the 1950s, has been seen by thousands of people since it debuted in the 1980's and millions more saw the Oscar-nominated movie version in 2016.

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All Chesapeake schools awarded Purple Star for commitment to meeting military families' needs

This month, Chesapeake Public Schools became the first division in Virginia to have all its schools designated as Purple Star schools. "The Purple Star designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families," states a press release from the Virginia Department of Education.

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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.

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