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Monday, January 17, 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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2022 Session: Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly returns to Richmond on January 12th. Stay informed of the legislative proceedings by viewing the VSBA Legislative Update Blog daily! Please reach out to J.T. at if you have any questions.

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Youngkin-backed bill could give charter schools an easier path to opening

Privately run schools funded with public dollars could have an easier path to opening their doors in urban and suburban localities - and without the support of local school boards - under legislation filed in the Virginia Senate and backed by Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin's administration.

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Senate panel clears first school construction measure - Cardinal News

RICHMOND - A Senate subcommittee on Thursday advanced a measure that would require school boards to use unspent leftover funds from the state to finance capital projects. Senate Bill 276, sponsored by Sen.

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Fairfax Co. Public Schools calls on college students to fill substitute teacher shortage

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) - College students are back in the classroom, but the roles are reversed this time. Fairfax County Public Schools is hiring college students to fill substitute teacher vacancies in their classrooms. Pre-pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools' substitute teacher fill rate was around 80%.

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Highland school students, staff are sick, stressed | The Recorder Online

MONTEREY - Highland County Public Schools has been dealing with more than just COVID-19 since classes resumed last week. Superintendent Dr. Thomas Schott said students and staff have COVID, stomach flu, colds, sinus infections, and more. "We're just about the full spectrum of viruses and illnesses here," Schott said, adding they have seen all the typical childhood illnesses except chickenpox.

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BREAKING: Fairfax County School Board takes sexual assault lawsuit to U.S. Supreme Court

The Fairfax County School Board has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a former student's sexual assault lawsuit, a move that could reshape how the federal law against sexual violence in schools is interpreted. A petition filed by the school board on Dec.

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Education bills, critical race theory and the General Assembly: Lawmakers to weigh divisive issues

Education - especially what schools teach about race - helped return Republicans to the governor's mansion and to control the House of Delegates, and legislators expect a slew of bills proposing rules for those lessons in the next few days.

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Youngkin will rescind school mask mandate order but state law may complicate local policy changes

Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has pledged to rescind the public health order that requires public and private school students to wear masks after he is sworn in on Saturday. However, lawmakers are split on what that will mean for individual school districts that want to do away with local mandates.

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Madison School Board defies Virginia's masking policy effective Tuesday

With a 4-1 vote Thursday night the Madison County School Board approved a mask-optional policy beginning Tuesday. [ VIDEO: Madison County, Va. School Board discussion on exception to COVID Mitigation Plan. MadRapp video by Chuck Jackson.] New board member Christopher Wingate, who last fall ran on the mask issue being his "No.

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County, City Schools Not Planning A Return To Virtual

As COVID-19 cases surge in the community, the schools are feeling the uptick a well, which is keeping students out of the classroom as well as causing staffing issues. However, Rockingham County Public Schools and Harrisonburg City Public Schools officials say a return to virtual learning is currently not planned.

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Hundreds of Halifax County students out due to virus

More than 300 Halifax County Public School students and over 40 employees are currently at home due to isolation or quarantine requirements as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the area.

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Orientation for New Board Members, Superintendents, Chairs and Vice-Chairs

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 become the best board member they...

2022 VSBA Capital Conference, January 24-25, 2022

New This Year! We will kick-off the two-day conference with a panel of school board members answering important questions on why school board advocacy is a must. After the lunch panel there will be commentary on the new political scene both in Virginia and nationally, as well as a review of the Governor’s budget. 


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