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Wednesday, June 8, 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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Roanoke schools to explore launch of safety tip line

Roanoke City Public Schools will consider establishing a tip line to enable students and members of the public to send school officials information about any serious safety threat. The concept, scheduled to be discussed at an upcoming school board meeting, is part of what school officials said is a continuing effort to increase safety in the schools.

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Over 90% of LCS bus drivers sign authorization cards to collectively bargain

After a long year of bus driver shortages and route changes, Lynchburg City School bus drivers and transportation employees are asking for a seat at the table when it comes to a new contract. They are looking to negotiate a new agreement that benefits everyone, instead of just being told what they're getting.

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Bus driver shortage cost Chesterfield $1.5 million in police overtime

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) - Chesterfield public schools had to spend at least $1.5 million on police overtime over the past year because of a shortage of bus drivers, according to school board documents. The Chesterfield School Board approved an amendment to their CARES Act funding plan at a meeting on June 7, removing $1.7 million from the instruction category and splitting it between administration and operations.

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Free summer feeding program has begun in Martinsville

The Martinsville School Board learned at a regular meeting Monday night that the school system is once again participating in the Summer Feeding Program with breakfast and lunch being served. Summer meals are provided free of charge to children and teens 18 and under, and no registration or identification is necessary.

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Franklin City Public Schools discusses new schedule, gets support - The Tidewater News

Franklin City Public Schools is finding significant support for a four-day school week from staff and from parents who have attended town hall meetings on the subject. FCPS Superintendent Dr. Tamara Sterling delivered this report during the Franklin City School Board's Thursday, May 19, meeting.

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Mental health services, pay raise for longtime teachers funded in Fairfax Co. schools' budget | WTOP News

Longtime teachers are slated to receive a pay raise, and virtual mental health services are expected to be made available to students under Fairfax County Public Schools' recently-passed budget. As part of the $3.3 billion budget, school board officials allocated $500,000 for telehealth mental health services for students.

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Cashwell: Youth gun violence in Henrico leaves 'many layers of trauma and pain' - The Henrico Citizen

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas addresses a crowd at a town hall meeting about youth violence June 6, 2022 at Henrico High School.

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Youngkin participates in Southwest Virginia education roundtable

ABINGDON, Va. - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin attended a roundtable discussion focused on education at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon on Monday.

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Richmond School Board votes to expedite design process at Fox, start on roof at Clark Springs

The Richmond School Board voted Monday night to fast-track the procurement process for design at William Fox Elementary and to begin replacing portions of Clark Springs Elementary's roof. Fox Elementary students moved into the formerly shuttered Clark Springs school last month. The move came roughly three months after a three-alarm fire engulfed Fox Elementary, closing the school indefinitely.

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Surry school funding approved despite budget deadlock - Smithfield Times

Surry County supervisors have approved $12.8 million in school funding, despite disagreeing as to what rate to set for the county's real estate tax. The county has until June 30 to adopt a budget and set tax rates for the coming 2022-23 fiscal year. Surry County Administrator Melissa Rollins had proposed a $63 million budget [...]

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