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Friday, September 16, 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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Education department doesn't expect major changes to draft of history standards

While the Virginia Department of Education is taking a longer approach in updating its history standards, including scheduling community engagement sessions and public hearings, the department has not made significant changes to the draft's content nor does it anticipate doing so.

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Hanover County Supervisors reviewing allegations that school board member disclosed student information

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - The Hanover County Board of Supervisors is reviewing allegations that a school board member improperly disclosed a student's information using their personal email account, a potential violation of federal law that could lead to their removal.

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Loudoun County School Board OKs new student discipline policy - WTOP News

The Loudoun County School Board has unanimously approved a new student discipline policy that allows the Northern Virginia school system to keep students accused of serious offenses out of the general population, rather than being moved to a different school.

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Martinsville City schools installs window security films to slow down potential intruders

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - School safety is a top priority for all school districts, and some are taking extra steps to make sure students and staff are safe. This year, Martinsville City Public Schools added additional measures to their layered safety approach - they have installed window security films. The films prevent glass from falling out of a window frame when it shatters, slowing down a potential intruder.

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George Wythe High School celebrates the life of former principal Riddick Parker

Students and staff of George Wythe High School are still mourning the loss of former principal Riddick T. Parker Jr., 49, who just 10 days before the start of the school year died while riding his bike on Aug. 19.

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Parent attempts to force his way on school bus in Dumfries area

A 32-year-old man has been charged with attempted trespassing on a school bus and disorderly conduct after an incident Tuesday afternoon in the Dumfries area.

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Education Secretary sees interest in lab schools from across the state

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - Virginia's Secretary of Education says interest in creating lab schools in Virginia is coming from all sections of the state. Aimee Guidera briefed members of the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday morning. She said 20 colleges and universities, 13 community colleges and 4 higher education centers have expressed initial interest in establishing K-12 laboratory schools.

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'A great day for education': Augusta County celebrates construction of two new middle schools

Ceremonies were held Monday and Tuesday to recognize the construction of two new schools in the Augusta County Schools system which will assist teachers and staff in providing a longer instructional day. Riverheads Middle School and Buffalo Gap Middle School will both open before the school system's 10-year capital plan ends in 2025, for which funding for both schools was planned in phase 2.

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Virginia schools among top in U.S. to utilize solar energy

Virginia school divisions are on track to save millions by using solar energy. Over the past two years, the solar capacity of Virginia's K-12 schools has more than doubled, according to data from Charlottesville-based advocacy organization Generation180. 

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Fauquier County School Board plans to revise policies around books containing 'sexually explicit content'

The Fauquier County School Board announced Monday it has begun the process of revising its policies around students' exposure to "sexually explicit content" in libraries and classrooms across the school division.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

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 to gain valuable insight into issues impacting education in the Commonwealth!

2022 VSBA Fall Superintendent Evaluation Workshop, October 4, 2022

Are you prepared to evaluate your Superintendent? Are you familiar with the recently revised performance guidelines? Register now for the Superintendent Evaluation Workshop to learn more about the newly revised Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Superintendents developed by the Virginia Department of Education.

2022 VSBA Title IX Workshop, September 27, 2022

With claims of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct hitting newsstands everywhere, Title IX coordinators and other senior staff need to be confident in their knowledge and enforcement of their divisions’ policies. Participants will learn the basics of Title IX, best practices regarding Title IX policies, and recent case law relating to sexual harassment of students, gender discrimination, employee training requirements, and more!

2022 VSBA Budget Training Workshop, October 20, 2022

The Basics of Budgeting for Student Needs is a two-hour session designed to provide school board members and division superintendents with a general understanding of the essential elements of budgeting and allocating division resources in a strategically-focused manner that aligns with and supports the individual needs, goals and aspirations of students.

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