Daily News

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. Simply click on the headlines below for the full news articles.

Thursday, April 27

Students work on team building outdoors
Prince Edward High County School’s (PECHS) Advanced Education Class, taught by the recently named division’s Teacher of the Year Janet Green, spent Thursday in the woods behind the Longwood University President’s House…

Dinwiddie names Weston superintendent
After an extensive and rigorous search by the Virginia School Boards Association, the Dinwiddie County School Board has selected Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Kari Weston as the new superintendent of…

Toddler with congenital heart defects attends Caroline High School prom
A handful of prom-going couples were being photographed by their beaming parents on the lawn in front of the Bowling Green courthouse Friday evening. Taylor Schafer was among them. She had the sweeping gown—black, with…

Decision Time: Council sets funding for schools, public safety
Level funding will be provided to the city’s public schools, police department and fire department for the new fiscal year that will start July 1. That will keep the fire department from having to eliminate its part-time firefighters. Martinsville City…

Bland County School Board cuts proposed budget
A continued decline in student enrollment, particularly at the elementary school level, will have county educators feeling the financial pinch in the coming fiscal year as the Bland school budget is trimmed for the second year in a row…

Harrisonburg schools recognized for music education
A Valley school district recently received national recognition for their music education program. The NAMM Foundation included Harrisonburg City Schools in their 2017 list of Best Communities for Public Education. The ranking…

As closure looms, Pleasant View community celebrates school’s history
Families and community members gathered at Pleasant View Elementary School Sunday afternoon to reminisce and share stories about the school ahead of its looming closure at the end of this school year. The community open house…

EDA explores supplement to technical curriculum at ACHS
The Amherst Economic Development Authority unanimously agreed last week to provide matching funds in support of a curriculum that would supplement Amherst County High School’s career and technical education program. Nate…

Students, parents celebrate "making" at Stone-Robinson Design Challenge Night
More than 100 parents joined their children at Stone-Robinson Elementary School’s Design Challenge Night on Tuesday to experience Albemarle County Public Schools’ maker curriculum firsthand. Stone-Robinson Principal Kristen…

Roanoke school officials propose $2.2 million in cuts
Savings realized from a laptop overstock account for roughly a quarter of the $2.2 million in cuts proposed by Roanoke school administrators. Other reductions will come from letting the district’s bus fleet age a year, reducing the number of…

Bugs and weeds aren't always garden pests; bees and butterflies help plants thrive, Virginia Beach students learn
What plants will attract insects, and why would you even want insects anyway? Ask a group of Landstown Elementary School students that question, and they will be very quick to respond. If you didn’t have insects, you wouldn’t have food…

Bassett High School renovations on schedule
The Henry County Board of Supervisors has voted to grant more than $615,000 back to the school system for renovations at Bassett High School. Henry County Schools saved this money during the last fiscal year.  Now, that they have…


Wednesday, April 26

Virginia's Best High Schools 2017: U.S. News
U.S. News and World Report has crunched the numbers for 2017, releasing its annual list of best high schools in the country, ranking the schools on national and state levels. In Virginia, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and…

At Albemarle school, a collaborative, community spirit in learning
Educators at Baker-Butler Elementary are looking to implement a new approach to creative thinking and problem solving in the school’s curriculum, while at the same time trying to become a national leader in that model of thinking for other…

Hammond Middle School Wins Virginia Breakfast Challenge
Francis C. Hammond Middle School was named a winner in the Virginia Breakfast Challenge. The school will receive a $4,000 grant to use for technology enhancements, field trips or playground equipment as well as equipment for…

Staunton announces teacher of the year
Staunton City Schools announced on Monday the 2017 teacher and support staff member of the year. Both will be honored at the May school board meeting, along with the teachers of the year from each individual school. The teacher of…

Peabody Middle students to sell their art Friday at Petersburg Public Library
Students in Joscelyn Jones’ art class at Peabody Middle School have their work on display at the Petersburg Public Library. The paintings will be on display throughout April in the lobby of the library, which is located at 201 W…

Veteran Patrick Henry High School teacher is Roanoke's teacher of the year
Fletcher Nichols, who teaches art and African American studies at Patrick Henry High School, is Roanoke's teacher of the year. Nichols, who has taught at Patrick Henry for the past 30 years, was honored at a ceremony Monday night at the…

2017 SOLs: Shorter Math and Reading tests and more test-compatible devices for students
The further expansion of computer-adaptive testing is resulting in shorter Standards of Learning (SOL) reading and mathematics tests for nearly 300,000 additional elementary and middle school students this spring. In addition, a…

Henrico elementary school damaged by fire to reopen in fall
A Henrico County elementary school that temporarily closed after a fire earlier this year will reopen to students in the fall. Baker Elementary School closed after an electrical fire on March 19 damaged the mechanical room, cafeteria and…

DeVos tours Virginia school to stress needs of military kids
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has stressed the need to help the children of military families transition into new schools as their parents change assignments. DeVos chose Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia, to mark the…

Students at Henrico school possibly exposed to tuberculosis
The Health Department says nearly 200 students at a Henrico high school may have been exposed to tuberculosis. A letter from the department went out to parents of 189 students at Douglas Freeman High School. There will be a TB…

Chuck Winkler Named Superintendent
Fluvanna County School Board members found who they were looking for in their own backyard. At a special meeting Monday (April 24) the Board voted unanimously to offer the job of superintendent to the man who’s been doing it…

Out of "hell": Oscar Smith High School senior's journey to a prestigious $25K scholarship
Throughout high school, Shanice Morgan has gone from sleeping on a couch in a cramped house to living in a hotel where there were drugs and prostitutes and she could often hear neighbors having sex.  She has stayed in a shelter and…


Tuesday, April 25

Richlands High School student elected House Speaker for Model General Assembly
Richlands High School junior Cameron Davis was elected as the 71st House Speaker for the 2018 Virginia YMCA Model General Assembly. Davis said students conduct legislative sessions in the chambers of the General…

New Maury Schoolyard Open For Play
Matthew Maury Elementary School celebrated the opening of their new playground on Friday, April 21 with a balloon-filled ribbon cutting ceremony. Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley helped cut the ribbon with students from…

Cameras on Richmond School buses start catching bad drivers today
You could get a ticket if you pass a stopped school bus in the city, even if you don't see any officers around. 50 of Richmond's 250 school buses now have stop-arm camera systems equipped, and they are being turned on Monday…

Virginia Politics: Arlington's board raises tax rate 1.5 cents, all devoted to schools and Metro
The Arlington County Board unanimously voted to raise its property tax rate by 1.5 cents Saturday, a hike that elected officials said was entirely attributable to higher costs for Metro and schools. Board Chairman Jay Fisette (D) said “100…

Lyles-Crouch Principal Receives VAESP Award Of Excellence
Lyles-Crouch Principal Patricia Zissios received the Don Lacey Award for Excellence from the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. VAESP selected Zissios for her commitment to and demonstration of…

2017 Volunteerism Award Winners
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced  recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards on April 20th during an awards ceremony held at the Governor’s Mansion. These awards spotlight the…

Report: Operating Costs Similar For HHS Options
Operating two high schools likely would not cost significantly more per year than running the overcrowded Harrisonburg High School with an annex next to it or an addition affixed to it. That’s according to a detailed report using simple…

Teenagers tell stories of overcoming hardship at poetry competition in Virginia Beach
William Williams tried to kill himself by the time he was 9 .Growing up, William said he could hear gunshots from his subsidized housing in Norfolk. When he went to school, other youngsters harassed him, saying he’d never amount to…

Flooding prompts schools, road closures
Rain across the Roanoke and New River valleys has led to flooding and multiple road closures in parts of the region. Shortly before 10 a.m. Monday, Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke County were placed under a flood advisory by the…


Monday, April 24

U.S. Education Secretary, Virginia First Lady expected to visit area schools Tuesday
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is expected to visit Prince William County Public Schools next week. The details are still being hammered out. This is what we know so far, from a division spokeswoman: You heard correctly that we are…

Richmond schools announce Bedden is out as superintendent effective June 30
Dana T. Bedden is out as superintendent of Richmond Public Schools effective June 30. The division announced the decision in an emailed statement Saturday about 12 hours after a marathon special meeting of the Richmond School…

Little Feet Meet thrills Special Olympics athletes
After competing in their first three events at the inaugural Little Feet Meet, second-grader Brogan Wells and fifth-grader Cameryn Heath were sure about two things: They were having fun, and they were ready to do it again. The…

Va. high school prom raises money for cancer research
Freedom High School in Loudoun County sacrificed a fancy prom for the second year in a row to raise tens of thousands of dollars for pediatric cancer research.

In the spring of 2015, the school's principal, Doug Fulton, decided to narrow its…

Monday Spotlight: Busy life allows college dreams to come true
A Stonewall Jackson High School student and athlete will attend Boston College in the fall after receiving her Massanutten Regional Governor’s School certificate this spring. Emily Ball, 18, of Orkney Springs, will graduate in June with a one…

County's teacher of the year in it to 'make the world a better place'
Every morning after she arrives at Cassell Elementary, Wendi Shorkey heads out to the track, and taking in the Blue Ridge Mountains filling the horizon, inhales a deep breath, and thinks, "I love what I do." She teaches physical education at…

A view into the world of 4-H Garden Club
One way to experience a connection to community is to dwell with children in the garden. New River Valley Master Gardeners, who are part of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, were recently welcomed to Riverlawn Elementary…

HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 18th straight year
For the 18th year in a row, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the best communities in America for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has earned…

Late money shuffle prompts reaction
An eleventh-hour budget shift involving $540,000 stirred the emotions of the governing boards in Montgomery County last week. Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours removed from the board of supervisors’ 4-3 party line vote to approve…

As Chesapeake's School Board reconsiders rezoning, opinions in Hickory remain mixed
Hickory Middle parents were adamant over the winter they did not want their school to be rezoned, even if it is the most overcrowded in the city. Some have changed their minds since then. But others still say they don’t want to see…

Schools will get additional $131K
Supervisors in Cumberland County adopted their operating budget for fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 on Tuesday- on that includes an additional $131,000 to Cumberland County Public Schools. The additional funds bring the FY 2017-18…