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. Questions or comments regarding the Virginia Education News should be sent to Peter Sengenberger, assistant executive director, at peter@vsba.org.

Wednesday, April 23

See how Richmond Public Schools spends your money

There could be a new era of transparency for Richmond Public Schools after the city’s top investigator said the system wasted money. Now you’ll get to see exactly how the school system is spending your money, from your computer or even your cell phone.

Sex education faces budget cuts in Loudoun County

Budget cuts being considered by the Loudoun County School Board this week are far-reaching. They could affect class size, foreign language offerings and the availability of full-day kindergarten. They could also affect sex education.

Delegate reads to four classes

Delegate Israel O’Quinn (R-Fifth District) visited three schools in Washington County to read to the students in honor of Week of the Young Child last week. The Week of the Young Child is a week that works to focus public attention on the needs of young…

Candidates sought for Third Ward City Council, School Board seats

City Council members and political party chairmen still are looking for two good men or women who live in the Third Ward. Vacancies exist on both the council and the School Board for a...

King & Queen Elementary selected among 62 Virginia school divisions for "Showcases for Success"

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 18th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia's public schools. From school safety and community outreach, to …

High school students to tour Va. health lab

Several Virginia high school students are getting a firsthand look at the state’s public health and environmental lab in Richmond. The Department of General Services says a dozen students from Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for…

Dominion to promote tree plantings at Va. schools

The philanthropic arm of energy company Dominion is involving Virginia students in a tree-planting project leading to Arbor Day. Called “Project Plant It!”, the program will be busy through Friday with Dominion and its forestry team leading tree-planting programs…

Construction for New Heritage High School Begins with Groundbreaking Ceremony

As of Tuesday morning, construction is officially underway on a massive construction project, the new Heritage High School, which has been a big topic in Lynchburg for years. ABC13 News was there for a groundbreaking ceremony on the Heritage Athletic Field.

Peabody Middle students making math count

Peabody Middle School has launched a new program called Math Talk. The program is being implemented to get students talking about math, as well as, solving mathematical equations.

Fauquier High auto tech students clean house at state meet

Fauquier High School’s Automotive Technology students have been on a roll lately. Kyle Pinelli, a junior at Kettle Run High School who takes auto tech at FHS, won first place and a $10,000 scholarship…

STEM Summit set for May 2 at Virginia Tech

Stressing the vital need for high-quality education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the first Southwest Virginia STEM Summit will bring together educators, employers and advocates in Blacksburg on May 2.

West Point among 29 Virginia schools on personal finance top-100 list

Twenty-nine of the nation’s 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction are in Virginia, according to a New York-based non-profit group that promotes financial literacy education. Holston High in Washington County ranked seventh and was one of four…

Three local schools named best in finance

Three local schools — two in Pittsylvania County and one in Danville — have been named among the nation’s 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction, joining 26 other schools in Virginia to receive the honor.

Area high schools named among nation's best

Half of Fairfax County public high schools have been named to a list of the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.  Eleven high schools in Montgomery County and four in D.C., including three public schools…

Annual Student Art Show at Pembroke Mall

Pembroke Mall once again will host the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Annual Student Art Show. Artwork created by secondary students will be on display April 25 – May 13. Elementary students’ work will color the mall…

Richmond students selling T-shirts to raise money for after school programs

Students from nine Richmond middle schools are competing in a new, online campaign to raise money and show a little school pride. T-shirts designed by student teams are being sold online here.  The funds raised will go to after school enrichment programs…

Henrico Schools End Book Bowl Competition, Parents Upset

Hundreds of parents and students in Henrico are upset over the cancellation of an annual reading program called the Book Bowl. The Book Bowl was an annual summer competition designed to encourage fifth graders in Henrico to read on vacation.

School Administrators Investigate Vulgar Graffiti at Lee HS in Staunton

Vulgar graffiti across the practice field at Lee High School in Staunton is being investigated by administrators and the school resource officer. Employees have spent hours since Monday cleaning up the sexual image that spans about 60 yards of the field.


Tuesday, April 22

Loudoun County may cut school transportation to trim budget

The Loudoun County, Va. public school system is facing a $38 million budget shortfall for 2015. The Washington Post reports that the school system might cut bus service to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. More than 200 students…

Chesterfield weighs raising its property tax

Three days before the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors tries for a second time to agree on next year’s budget, only one thing seems certain: The school system will get money to hire 112 new teachers.

Boston Marathon 2014: Emily Cox, race’s youngest female, runs for ‘something bigger’

No one would fault Emily Cox if she decided to slack off a bit as second-semester seniors sometimes tend to do. She has taken and excelled in her courses at W.T. Woodson (including 12 Advanced Placement classes).

Wallace Middle School added to ‘Schools to Watch’ initiative

Wallace Middle School is a school to watch. The middle school recently became the fourth in the Washington County, Va., public school system to be listed on the Schools to Watch initiative, making the system the first in the state to have each of its…

CHS students do well in personal-finance, economic competitions

Charlottesville High School students recently received top statewide honors for demonstrating their detailed, savvy approach to solving today’s personal finance and economic challenges. In the Virginia Governor’s Challenge in…

Teaching the next Zuckerbergs

One group of students is bringing a piece of the Silicon Valley to the Shenandoah Valley. A new coding club that launched this year at W.W. Robinson Elementary not only teaches kids basic lessons in computer coding, but also in critical thinking and…

2 Salem-area seniors honored at BBB scholarship dinner

Two Salem-area students were among 18 Virginia high school seniors honored by the BBB Serving Western VA at the 11th annual Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards Dinner. Tyler Iannalfo of Glenvar High School and Carleigh Studtmann of Salem High School…

Local Schools Retaining Quality Teachers

While one school district in North Carolina is losing teachers by the hundreds this year, schools in the Shenandoah Valley are working hard to keep quality teachers in the community. "I've been teaching long enough that students who came to me…

Hampton schools receives top ranking for technology

Hampton City Schools is among the best in the nation for its use of technology, the division announced. The school system was recognized in the 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association.

Scholarships Awarded at Emily Couric Leadership Luncheon

Each year, the Emily Couric Leadership Forum awards scholarships to recognize and encourage young women in leadership roles. Monday, girls from nine central Virginia high schools were recognized at the Emily Couric leadership luncheon held at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville.

Division Looks to Transplant HHS’ Art Success at Stone Spring

As the first year for the Fine Arts Academy at Harrisonburg High School comes to a close, the school division is planning for a new arts infusion pilot program at Stone Spring Elementary School. The program would blend arts education into all areas…

In Your Schools for April 21, 2014

The following Central Virginia school divisions were featured in the 18th Annual Virginia School Board Association Showcase for Success Directory: Appomattox County, Bedford County and Lynchburg City. The directory is on the VSBA website at www.vsba.org/showcases.

Leaky roof forces students to spill into new school

Monday was like the first day of school for students at Fairfield Court Elementary in Richmond. The student body spent its first day of classes inside recently shuttered Clark Springs Elementary while officials tried to fix a leaking roof at their usual school building.

Campbell County bus involved in Monday morning crash

A Campbell County school bus was sideswiped by a car on Leesville Road Monday morning, though none of the 19 students aboard were injured, according to state police. Around 8:15 a.m., the driver of southbound Chevrolet Metro nodded off behind…


Monday, April 21

McAuliffe announces state data site: Portal offers information on schools, charities and more

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the site’s data can help people make informed decisions. Here’s delicious news for data connoisseurs: The state has launched a new site as a repository of data compiled by state agencies and available for public consumption.

Bland County names new superintendent

Bland County has a new school superintendent. Christopher Stacy takes the helm May 16. The school board unanimously approved him for the position during a special meeting Friday morning. Stacy is currently the supervisor of technology…

Saltville PD, Northwood HS announce law enforcement scholarship

The Saltville Police Department and Northwood High School have teamed up to establish a scholarship for students to attend the Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. The idea is to encourage young men and women in the region to…

Students ponder winding future path

As spring descends, teens tend to think about the future. If they’re seniors, they think really hard about it, since it’s something that’s ready to begin in a matter of weeks. But even younger students might take the time, around this point in the year, to consider…

Jamestown High grads launch new music app

Jamestown High School alumns J.T. Castner and Taytem Riley are business majors in college, and now business partners as well. The pair came together to develop a mobile app they hope will change the way people listen to music in public spaces…

Photo: Careers to-be

Rappahannock County High School students recently attended the school’s annual career fair, which offered freshmen and up a chance to visit kiosks from a variety of local businesses and learn more about them, often from the owners themselves.

State police demo dogs at Rural Retreat Elementary School

A couple of dogs visited Rural Retreat Elementary School earlier this week, but these dogs weren’t for playing fetch. They are Virginia State Police detection dogs, used to ferret out well-hidden drugs and bombs. “We don’t call them dogs, we call them K-9s…

Cites 'vile and venomous words, actions': School superintendent re-affirms resignation

Those citizens, and there were many, who wanted Amelia County Public Schools Superintendent B.J. Brewer to reconsider her earlier resignation in June had their hopes dashed to bits Friday (April 11) when Dr. Brewer said she had considered retracting…

5th Grade Boy Seriously Injured During School Hours

Witnesses say a fifth grade Pittsylvania County boy got very serious injuries in a fight at his school, Twin Springs Elementary this week. Damian Bowen suffered from a bi-lateral nose fracture, a cheek bone fracture, a possible concussion, and will have to undergo surgery.

Frmr Western Albemarle Teacher Charged with Online Solicitation of Minor

A former teacher at Western Albemarle High School faces charges for online solicitation of a minor. The Augusta County Sheriff's Office arrested 66-year-old John Daniel Patterson Junior Tuesday in Verona after he arrived at a location where he thought...