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April 28, 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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Uncertain timetable on budget puts Virginia schools in tight spot on hiring - Virginia Mercury

Some division heads say they are uneasy about their ability to hire and retain teachers because of the lack of clarity on state funding for the next school year. Under the existing two-year budget, teachers will receive a 5% salary raise for the upcoming school year.

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LCPS special education plan approved, understaffing concerns raised

Loudoun County Public Schools leaders say they're exceeding state special education requirements, but critics say they're not meeting local expectations. The school board at their April 25 meeting approved the annual special education plan which included an application for about $14 million in federal funding.

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'Deadliest Drug I've Ever Seen': Alexandria Schools Teach Parents About Fentanyl Warning Signs

Alexandria City Public Schools, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), issued a warning to parents Wednesday night at the city's high school about the deadly consequences of drug use and overdoses.

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Lynchburg City Schools seeking community feedback for facilities master plan

With just months to go before possibly making a decision regarding the future of school buildings and rezoning in the city, Lynchburg City Schools seeks community feedback for its facilities master plan, according to a news release from the school system.

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Fredericksburg school division hosts SOL prep sessions

SOL testing kicks off for Fredericksburg City Public Schools this week, and students in grades 3 through 8 had an extra chance to prep for the state assessments with division teachers over the weekend.

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Middleburg Community Charter School Placed on Probation

After a lengthy discussion Tuesday night, the School Board voted 5-4 to place the Middleburg Community Charter School on probation for failing to take corrective measures to its financial books. This is the second time the full board discussed the item after it was recommended by a School Board committee on March 21.

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Montgomery County school staff members given inaugural awards

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Two Montgomery County Public Schools employees were surprised with unexpected honors April 26. "I just had something totally different in my mind of what I was meeting about today and this, this was not it, so it was a welcomed and pleasant surprise," Christiansburg High School Assistant Principal Shane Guynn said.

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Henry County Public Schools 2023 Graduates of Distinction

Henry County Public Schools honored 70 seniors as Graduates of Distinction on April 20 at Bassett High School.

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Campbell County School Board discusses plan for new superintendent; school calendar

The end of the 2022-23 school calendar and a "consideration of employment" for the county's next superintendent were key topics of discussion for the Campbell County School Board at its regular meeting Monday evening. The board voted unanimously to change the division's last day of the school year to Wednesday, May 31 instead of Friday, June 2.

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Amherst County School Board appoints new district 1 board member

The Amherst County School Board appointed Lori Saunders to fill its vacant District 1 position during a meeting April 20. Former school board member of the district, John Grieser, resigned from the position March 13.

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2023 School Law Conference, June 2, 2023 - Richmond

The 2023 School Law Conference kicks off with a presentation from the Division of Public Safety Training and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety on preventative behavioral threat assessment in an educational setting. Following this presentation is a session on special education. Next, hear about teachers’ free speech rights after the Supreme Court Case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. To close out, there will be a legislative update from the VSBA Legislative Team. Register Today!

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