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.

Wednesday, August 16

VSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference- September 28, 2017
This conference will focus on legislative and advocacy topics to better prepare you for the 2018 General Assembly session. Attendees will hear directly from legislators on the latest from Richmond and hear the always-popular…

Department of Education releases Virginia SOL results
The Department of Education released the results for Virginia's Standards of Learning tests on Tuesday, showing steady numbers across the board. School accreditation statuses for 2017-2018 are based on achievement results from…

WHRO's environmental education program has job-creating potential, Gov. McAuliffe says
An environmental education program to be rolled out in the coming school year has the potential to help diversify Virginia’s economy, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday. The statewide Batten Environmental Education Initiative is being…

Talley: School year off to good start
The city’s public schools have gotten off to their best start in years, according to Superintendent Zeb Talley. Last Wednesday was the first day of classes for the 2017-18 school year. Monday night, Talley told the Martinsville School Board…

Davis represents Prince Edward in discussion
Bruce Davis, supervisor of food services at Prince Edward County Public Schools, joined Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and a panel of expert school nutrition directors in Virginia to discuss the commonwealth’s efforts to…

Veteran Roanoke teacher reminds colleagues of the power of their words and work in classroom
Some days, there’s little “glam and glory” in the life of a teacher. Some days, “you get no recognition at all.” Some days, “you’re down in the trenches doing the kinds of things nobody else would like to do.” Do not let that get you down…

Plans for Franklin County High School coming into focus
A vision for Franklin County’s new career and technical education center, and the price tag along with it, are becoming clearer. During a Monday night school board meeting, Ben Motley of RRMM Architects shared concept plans for additions…

Hampton Roads schools take home awards for meeting standards, goals
A handful of local schools have been recognized by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education for meeting or exceeding federal and state accountability benchmarks. Deer Park and Hilton elementary schools in…

Campbell school board hears preliminary SOL results
Preliminary Virginia Standards of Learning test results indicate 11 of 13 schools in Campbell County will be fully accredited, with two others expected to be partially accredited by the state. That information was presented at Monday’s…

Alexandria City School Board Approves Additional Patrick Henry Project Funds
The Alexandria City School Board at a special called meeting today approved the transfer of $3.8 million from existing Capital Improvement Program projects to the new Patrick Henry PreK-8 School. This brings the total cost of the new school…

Petersburg City Public Schools wins Meritorious Budget Award
The Association of School Business Officials International awarded Petersburg City Public Schools with the Meritorious Budget Award for the district’s 2017-2018 budget document. This is the first time the school district has won this…

Henry County changes school district’s plan for eclipse
Henry County students will be getting nearly half a day of vacation next week. District officials announced on Tuesday that instead of the original plan, to have students stay later on Monday and watch the eclipse in class, they will all be…

Culpeper students' SOL scores drop in 4 of 5 subjects
Three years ago, the Culpeper County School Board grappled over whether to move the school system’s start date even earlier in August in an effort to give students more time to prepare for the Standards of Learning assessments…

Hall gives Marion brains and brawn
Many high school football standouts dream of taking their skills to the next level. Owen Hall has higher aspirations. Much higher. The Marion High School senior has not only grasped the finer points of linebacker play, he excels in the…

School board, county part operational ways
Pulaski County supervisors and school board will no longer share operations and, as of last week, the operations director who once served both governing bodies now works exclusively for the county. The split comes on the heels of…


Tuesday, August 15

VSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference- September 28, 2017
This conference will focus on legislative and advocacy topics to better prepare you for the 2018 General Assembly session. Attendees will hear directly from legislators on the latest from Richmond and hear the always-popular…

A Summer of Learning through Service for Middle School Students
This summer more than 200 students from George Washington Middle School, Hammond Middle School and Jefferson-Houston K-8 School participated in an enrichment program designed to help students enhance their skills in reading…

Revamping high schools the right path for Hampton
Saunders, Hopson and a handful of other Hampton City Schools employees spent a week in mid-July with the Hampton Police Division, job-shadowing officers in an externship to learn a little more about what they do and how to…

Teacher turnover taxes school system
Shenandoah County continues to lose teachers to divisions whose elected leaders budgeted for pay raises. The School Board learned Thursday that the division’s turnover rate reached 15 percent for the 2016-2017 year. This…

Chesterfield Food Bank serving families in Ettrick
If you stop by local elementary schools in Ettrick any Tuesday-Thursday during the summer months, you will find a dedicated group of volunteers making sure area children are getting fed. Rain or shine, hot or extremely hot, the…

School board: all Rapp students to safely view once-in-lifetime eclipse
With a distinct lack of ceremony at Tuesday’s (Aug. 8) regular meeting of the Rappahannock County School Board, newly appointed Superintendent Shannon Grimsley got straight to business with a Report of the Superintendent that…

MCPS seeks public input for future Christiansburg projects
MCPS has a recommended plan in place that would include extensive renovation to Christiansburg High School as opposed to building a brand new building. The first phase of the plan involves renovating football and soccer field, complete…

Marker commemorating Virginia Teachers Association unveiled in Lynchburg
A marker commemorating the birthplace of the Virginia Teachers Association (VTA) was unveiled Sunday at Jackson Street United Methodist Church in Lynchburg. The VTA was founded at the church on Aug. 18. 1887 at the…

Warren County schools prepare for first day
With the new Warren County Middle School nearing its first day in operation, Superintendent Gregory Drescher said Warren County Public Schools is prepared for the start of the year on Tuesday. The schools are fully staffed…

Back2School helps more than 2,500 students
For the last decade, students in need of shoes, clothes or even backpacks have had a place to go. The Back2School program, organized by Pastor Michael Harrison from Community Fellowship, continued that tradition this month…

Blessing of the Schools service lifts up students, teachers and schools
A cacophony of prayers — some spoken, some silent — were given up Sunday to bless the Roanoke City schools. School leaders used the annual back-to-school prayer service to thank Roanoke's faith community for its support of the…

New school chief, new schedule for Carroll schools
“It has been glorious,” said Dr. Shirley Perry of the welcome she’s received from the Carroll County school community. “I’ve been very well-received. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming, and here to say, ‘If you need me, let me…


Monday, August 14

VSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference- September 28, 2017
This conference will focus on legislative and advocacy topics to better prepare you for the 2018 General Assembly session. Attendees will hear directly from legislators on the latest from Richmond and hear the always-popular…

Suspended? Don't expect a three-day vacation anymore
If you're a student at Shelburne Middle School or Robert E. Lee High School, suspension is about to change and you're not going to like it. Short term suspension in Staunton is not going to result in a three-day or five-day vacation…

800 new Va. teachers receive red carpet welcome before start of school
Eight-hundred new Loudoun County teachers were welcomed with a red carpet welcome Friday as a school superintendent personally thanked them. The unofficial start of school began for these new teachers. Loudoun County Public…

Changes in determining Albemarle teacher pay move forward
Recommendations on changing the way the Albemarle County school division looks at teacher pay, which will focus on new a comparable market and finding ways to better compensate veteran and experienced educators, are moving…

Patrick County schools ordered to raise lunch prices
The cost of lunch at some Patrick County schools is on the rise, thanks to an order from the state. Just before the school year started, officials with the Virginia Department of Education informed the district that lunch prices will have to…

Local student Tai Butcher receives national honor
The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced student, Tai T. Butcher, of Petersburg, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have…

Franklin County teachers prepare for the start of school
Franklin County teachers are being put to the test before students go back to class on Monday. They’ve been back at work all this week getting their classrooms and curriculums ready for the first day of school. WDBJ7 spoke…

Take a look inside Bluestone Elementary
Bluestone Elementary School has been all the buzz lately, and it is almost finished. With kids set to rush in, in just a couple of weeks, we wanted to take a look inside. When you walk inside, you see it doesn't look like an elementary…

With start of school on horizon, Fairfax officials prep for lice, too
Head lice are no laughing matter and Fairfax County Public Schools has policies in place to ensure students who are afflicted with the tiny bugs do not spread them to others. The school system’s guidelines regarding the wingless…

ACPS Appoints New Director Of Budget And Financial Systems
Interim Superintendent Lois F. Berlin has appointed Dominic Turner as Director of Budget and Financial Systems for Alexandria City Public Schools. Turner will help to lead the annual budget development process for the Capital…

Parents' concerns over discipline disparities at forefront of education forum
There was the high school senior whose parent said he passed all requirements for graduation, but his school hasn’t allowed him to graduate. There were the parents of several students who said their children have been labeled for some…

Wythe schools achieve academic excellence
The day before Wythe County students headed back to the classroom, the governor announced that the school system and several of its schools had earned 2017 Virginia Index Performance Awards. Speedwell Elementary…

Va. transgender student drops part of landmark bathroom case
Gavin Grimm, the Virginia transgender student who took a bathroom case to the United States Supreme Court, dropped part of his case Friday, after years of high-profile litigation that could have marked the first transgender case to be…

Mitchell makes it official, files resignation letter with the city
Citing reasoning as to why school boards and city councils are separate entities, Lawrence Mitchell submitted his letter of resignation from the Martinsville School Board on Friday. The previous day, Mitchell told the Martinsville Bulletin that…