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Monday, April 18, 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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Fairfax chooses new superintendent as NAACP, parents, students protest pick

Placeholder while article actions load Fairfax County Public Schools has named its next superintendent - but the pick, Michelle Reid, is opposed by the county NAACP chapter, a Black educators' group, several parent groups and hundreds of students, dozens of whom left class Thursday morning to protest Reid and how she was selected.

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Norfolk unveils 'massive' school reconstruction plan funded by casino tax revenue

Norfolk City officials made public a majorplan on Tuesday to rebuild five city schools over the next decade using local tax revenue from a new casino. City officials don't know the total cost of the project yet, but said they plan to take out at least $250 million in new debt for it.

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Charlottesville teachers, school staff seek to unionize

More than four-fifths of Charlottesville City teachers are ready to form a union. Organizers with the Charlottesville Education Association presented a resolution Thursday to the city School Board that would give employees the ability to collectively bargain a contract that would cover wages, hours and other work conditions.

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Alexandria Superintendent weighs in on CRT debate, calls for ending policing in schools

Alexandria’s Superintendent is now warning political strategies are dismantling equitable practices and policies in schools that he says would take the public educational systems back to before the civil rights era. In a new op-ed in Education Week, Alexandria City Superintendent Gregory Hutchings claims "political strategists seized on the term critical race theory" to “discredit public education.

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School Board member says classroom comments violated policy

Circumstances of instructor's 'We're all Trumpers here' remark during talk by top campaign staffer disputed The appearance of a guest speaker in a Rappahannock County High School classroom has forced a teacher to apologize for comments he made that caused a dispute within the school system.

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After 50 years, Bristol is getting a new elementary school

BRISTOL, Va. - The city expects to begin construction of a new elementary school later this year after the city's Industrial Development Authority on Wednesday approved a $27.4 million lease bond financing package. The 4-2 vote concluded an hour-long meeting that included presentations by school officials and financial consultants and a plethora of questions from IDA board members.

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Virginia governor's ban on teaching 'divisive concepts' sparks battle over race-based U.S. history

Virginia's ban on teaching "inherently divisive concepts" about race in K-12 public schools is stirring debate about whether Black history can still be taught or a newly unified history for all Americans will dominate classrooms. Executive Order #1, which Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed immediately after his Jan.

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Hanover County seeking input on 2023-24 school year calendar start date

ASHLAND, Va. (WWBT) - The Hanover County School Board is asking for public feedback on a proposal to start the 2023-24 school year before Labor Day. Families, employees and communities members can send written feedback on the proposal to by Friday, May 27 for the School Board's consideration before they make a decision in their June meeting.

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CCPS offers $3k stipend, job fair for positions at high-need schools

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Chesterfield County Public Schools are offering a $3,000 stipend for certain positions at schools experiencing the most vacancies. The county will also be holding a job fair with a focus on filling these positions. The job fair will take place on Tuesday, April 26 from 4 p.m.

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RPS employees to vote on representation for collective bargaining

Richmond educators will let their voices be heard in deciding who they want to represent them at the table for collective bargaining. It will be a secret ballot to decide if they will move forward with Richmond Education Association or have no representation.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

Setting Up Your Own K-12 Virtual School During the Pandemic Webinar, April 14, 2022

In the Winter of 2021 many Albemarle County Public School families requested a virtual schooling option for the 2021-22 school year. Learn how ACPS responded to this challenge by setting up our own Virtual School experience for our students. 

2022 School Law Conference, June 3, 2022

Designed to provide an update on basic principles of school law and emerging issues, this conference is vital to school board members, superintendents, and school board attorneys. It is held annually during the first week of June.

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