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Friday, February 4, 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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Virginia house passes bill requiring race blind Governor's School admissions

by: Emma North Posted: / Updated: RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - A bill that would prevent Virginia Governor's Schools from using race as a factor in admissions passed the House of Delegates today in a narrow vote. HB 127 patroned by Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach) gained 50 yes votes and 48 no votes on Wednesday.

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Virginia judge weighs governor's power to lift mask mandate

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has broad power to issue executive orders overturning mask mandates in schools, lawyers from the state Attorney General's Office argued Wednesday, while lawyers for local school boards argued that the governor's action usurps their authority.

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Frederick County School Board member Miles Adkins apologizes amid backlash

WINCHESTER - Frederick County School Board member Miles Adkins has apologized for controversial social media posts that have some parents and the local NAACP chapter calling for his resignation. Adkins, who was elected to the board in November, came under fire for a Jan.

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Virginia judge declines to act immediately on school boards' suit seeking to halt Youngkin's mask-optional order

An Arlington County Circuit Court judge is weighing how to act on a request from seven Virginia school boards to halt implementation of Gov. Glenn Youngkin's order making masks optional in schools. The judge, Louise M.

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VA Governor Denies Requests To Make Emails To School Tip Line Public

VIRGINIA - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's office is refusing to make public the emails sent to a tip line launched last month after he encouraged parents to report on schools and teachers when they feel their "fundamental rights are being violated." Shortly after the governor announced the tip line on Jan.

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Threat to school funding formula prompts Senate panel to delay acting on grocery tax repeal

Legislators are beginning to remember why eliminating the sales tax on groceries has been hard to do, after decades of trying. The Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee, led by Democrats, balked on Wednesday at acting on a bill that would partly fulfill the campaign promise that Gov.

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7% pay hike proposed for Prince William County school staff

Superintendent LaTanya McDade is proposing a $1.4 billion operating budget for Prince William County Public Schools that would give teachers and staff a 4.2% cost-of-living adjustment as well as a step increase. According to McDade, who presented the budget to the School Board on Wednesday night, the pay bumps will result in an average salary increase of 7% for most employees.

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Arlington lawmaker's bills could ease stretched thin health care workers, teachers

A pair of bills proposed by an Arlington lawmaker in the General Assembly could help bolster the ranks of health care workers and teachers stretched thin during the pandemic. The bills introduced by state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31) expedite the licensure process in both industries, allowing worke

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Alexandria City Schools ramp up teacher recruitment during 'challenging' year

School leaders say they are looking to fill a range of positions including new teachers, substitutes, support staff and transportation. ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Alexandria City Public School system is working to remedy a staff shortage. Like many other school districts across the country, staff absences and a lack of new hires are making it tough to cover classroom needs.

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Charlottesville School Board to hire lobbying firm for sales tax push

With the fate of a bill to help Charlottesville increase the local sales tax to pay for school construction projects up in the air, the city School Board is planning to spend $20,000 to hire a lobbying firm for the rest of the legislative session.

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Virginia Education Broadband Grant

Valued up to $30,000- Applications must be received by February 18, 2022

In honor of VSBA’s 115th Anniversary, a thank you for your work as school board members, and in service to Virginia’s children: Kajeet partnered with VSBA to announce the first-ever Virginia Education Broadband Grant program. This funding opportunity will help school board members continue the important work being done to ensure all students have digital learning access at school and at home.

In total, Kajeet will award over $250,000 in broadband services to Virginia school

boards to solve the digital divide and ensure that all students have access to learn, anytime, anywhere.

Kajeet will award 9 winners (one per VSBA region). Award winners will be announced at VSBA Regional meetings this Spring. To learn more information and to submit your application visit the link below.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

2022 VSBA Title IX: Best Practices in Training & Compliance, February 8, 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. Prevention and thorough investigations are the best ways to manage risk and foster a safe and healthy school environment.

2022 March Hot Topic Conference, March 11, 2022

Join us for a joint Hot Topic Conference with the Tennessee School Boards Association in Bristol Virginia. This will be an informative and important hot topic conference. This hot topic conference will focus on multiple trending education topics. You will hear from many leaders in public education from both states on Virtual School, Workforce Readiness, and the teacher shortage crisis, all which have a national focus.

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