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Thursday, September 1, 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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Walking lessons for CCS

A crossing guard, a scooter driver and a third-grade pedestrian walk into a gym class... That was the scene at Jackson-Via Elementary School on Wednesday morning, as students took their second walking safety lesson of the new school year. All Charlottesville schools offer the three-lesson safety course to all nine schools for all grade levels.

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Loudoun Co. high school choral director honored as Virginia Region 4 Teacher of the Year

Jordan Markwood, the fine arts department chair and choral director at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn, is Virginia's 2023 Region 4 Teacher of the Year.

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Hanover School Board passes policy to give board final say over each transgender student's access to bathroom

The Hanover County School Board voted 5-2 to adopt a policy that will require transgender students to submit a written request to school administration asking for access to the schools' facilities that align with the students' gender identities. The school board will have final say in the decision.

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Suffolk educator named Teacher of the Year for Region 2

Jason Bartholomew has taught economics and personal finance at Nansemond River High School for 10 years. SUFFOLK, Va. - A big surprise came Jason Bartholomew's way Tuesday morning. Leaders with the Virginia Department of Education named him the Region 2 Teacher of the Year for 2023.

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Virginia delegate: Law on notification of school employee arrests may need to be updated - WTOP News

A Fairfax County delegate to the Virginia General Assembly said the law that requires police to report the arrest of public school employees for specific offenses may need to be tweaked. Del.

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Staunton High School library/media specialist selected as 2023 Region V Teacher of the Year

Staunton High School's Lori Peltonen, a library/media specialist and educator for 30 years, is the 2023 Region V Teacher of the Year. Peltonen, according to a press release, served as a middle school teacher for 13 years and a media specialist for 17 years.

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Richmond Crusade for Voters has a list of demands for RPS

On Wednesday, the Richmond Crusade for Voters announced a list of demands for Richmond Public Schools, including an immediate audit of student enrollment and attendance from 2015 to 2022 and an audit of the school board's budget pertaining to the division's strategic plan.

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Spotsylvania County middle school teacher is Region 3 Teacher of the Year

When Fabiana Parker was a girl growing up in Brazil, she taught her grandmother how to read. Parker remembers noticing that her grandmother would use her thumbprint as a signature. "I realized, my grandma can't read or write," Parker said.

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Judge: School Board 'recess' didn't violate FOIA; minutes omissions did - Smithfield Times

The Isle of Wight County School Board's calling of a roughly 10-minute "recess" at its March meeting, which a Carrollton woman and her lawyer characterized as an unofficial closed session, didn't violate Virginia's Freedom of Information Act, a judge ruled on Aug. 16. But two omissions from the board's April meeting minutes did.

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Presentation on removing Hanover school board members related to 'longtime appointee'

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - The Hanover County Board of Supervisors went into a closed-door meeting last week to get legal advice on removing board appointees. When board members returned for the public meeting, Board Chairwoman Angela Kelly-Wiecek asked county attorney Dennis Walter to share a presentation on the removal process during the board's Sept.

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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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