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.

Friday, September 22

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…

Amelia residents, students donate supplies for Harvey victims
Students and residents in Amelia are sending a truckload of supplies to Hurricane Harvey victims. The supplies include water, diapers, bleach, dog food, and food, among other items. The combined effort came from Amelia…

Body and soul: Girls On The Run building health, confidence
At first glance, "Girls On The Run" is just that — a running and exercise program for third- through fifth-grade girls. It's what you see when 30 girls and their counselors are running outside twice a week after school at Stuarts Draft…

City council approves new West End elementary school
The planned West End elementary school at 1701 and 1705 N. Beauregard St. passed its biggest hurdle at a public hearing on Saturday when city council unanimously approved its development special use permit. The approval…

City schools tally up their priorities, deciding where to spend big money
The Harrisonburg City School Board has decided on which projects come first for their Capital Improvement Plan. The Capital Improvement Plan is reserved for big ticket projects, which are classified as any that cost more than $50,000…

Majority of Amherst schools accredited
Accreditation results released last week largely are positive for Amherst County’s nine public schools as six were awarded full accreditation while two schools’ statuses are yet to be determined. Madison Heights Elementary School was…

Charles City’s school enrollment above projections
Charles City schools enrollment numbers came in above expectations as of its 10-day report. Charles City Elementary School has a current enrollment of 347 students, while 308 pupils fill the halls of Charles City High School, for a total…

Osbourn High students participate in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy
Students at Osbourn High School are getting a unique leadership opportunity as participants in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. Osbourn teacher Robin Albrecht applied for the program for her students last year. “Last year I had the…

Public hearings set regarding Hampton schools with Confederate names
The Hampton School Board has scheduled two public hearings for over the next few months regarding a request to rename two schools named after Confederate figures. Organizations including the Hampton NAACP have recently called for…

Graduation requirement changes in offing
Changes could be forthcoming for Virginia students to help better prepare them for the transition beyond graduation including changes to graduation requirements. They’re all part of the proposed revisions to school accreditation…

How Richmond school officials plan on turning around underperforming schools
With less than half of Richmond public schools gaining full accreditation from the state, school officials are turning to individual plans to help turn around underperforming schools. “We need to look at our instructional programs to…

Former Lynchburg students ask school board to support undocumented students
Two former Lynchburg City School students asked the Lynchburg City School Board to take steps to protect undocumented students in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the federal Deferred Action for Childhood…

Jenkins appointed to school board
Members of the Prince Edward County School Board voted Monday evening to appoint lifelong Rice resident General Jenkins to serve alongside them, representing the Lockett District. Board members held the vote during a…


Thursday, September 21

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…

Bedford County School Board may name road by new Liberty Middle School after Putney
The Bedford County School Board is considering naming the road near the new Liberty Middle School after former Del. Lacey Putney, Virginia’s longest-serving legislator who died Aug. 26 at the age of 89. The middle school, which is being…

West Point schools to pursue green certification
West Point school division staff briefed School Board members on the division’s application to earn green certification through a Virginia School Board Association program Tuesday. The Green Public Schools Challenge…

Student Growth in Evaluating Virginia Schools
Students' academic growth will carry greater weight in evaluating Virginia schools under a new plan the state has submitted for federal approval. The plan lays out how Virginia will comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The law…

Groundbreaking ceremony planned for new Enon Elementary School
The Chesterfield Public Schools system is gearing up to break ground on a new Enon Elementary School this week. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the same site as the old school, just off East Hundred Road…

Stone Spring Elementary works with Pulsera Project
Fifth graders at Stone Spring Elementary School are participating in the Pulsera Project, in which artists from Central American countries hand-make bracelets called "pulseras." The students help sell them here in the U.S. The money…

Rockbridge school takes "Inside Out Day"
There was history and math and even science, but it clearly wasn’t just any old school day. “We call it Inside Out Day,” explained PE Teacher Vicki Black. That's when the entire sixth grade of Rockbridge County’s Maury River Middle School…

Pulaski County closer to offering debt-free college to students
Debt-free college education is becoming a closer reality for Pulaski County high school students. The Randolph Foundation in Pulaski donated $25,000 towards the Access To Community College Program. The town of Pulaski has…

School board honors Pittsylvania County students
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, extra chairs were added to the Pittsylvania County School Board meeting room as students to be honored and speakers crowded into the board room. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Teresa Petty read over 30…

School board makes plans for future
With Powhatan County Public Schools in the final year of implementation of its 2013-2018 Six Year Plan, the school district is not only evaluating the progress it has made but making preparations to create a new plan to carry it into the…

Purcellville businessmen, sports lovers partner to broadcast local high school games
Two Purcellville residents have teamed up to provide live TV sports coverage in western Loudoun. Rob Burton, owner of Coach's Corner Grill in Purcellville, and Larry King, an IT guru, decided they wanted to share their love of sports with…

Mecklenburg supervisors okay borrowing as school site choice looms
The Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors took the next step toward financing upgrades for Mecklenburg County school facilities by passing a resolution Monday night to authorize the borrowing of up to $50 million for…


Wednesday, September 20

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…

Virginia submits new education plan for federal review
Students' academic growth will carry greater weight in evaluating Virginia schools under a new plan the state has submitted for federal approval. The plan lays out how Virginia will comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal…

Virginia's teacher of the year: 'We're at a tipping point in the country'
Michelle Cottrell-Williams of Arlington County makes a point of being an advocate for minority students and those for whom English isn’t a first language. “We’re really at a tipping point in our country,” the Wakefield High School…

Richmond School Board votes to hold special election to fill vacant seat
Richmond school officials voted Monday to hold a special election next November to replace 7th District School Board representative Nadine Marsh-Carter, who resigned this month. Marsh-Carter, the CEO of the Children’s…

Rapp students OK after potentially dangerous bus route incident
Proper security protocol was followed to a T by a Rappahannock County Public Schools bus driver on Monday afternoon when students riding home from school suddenly found themselves in the middle of a serious domestic dispute. “On…

LHS adopts school damaged in flood from hurricane
After learning about a high school in Texas that had suffered major damage because of Hurricane Harvey, the school has decided to adopt that school for this year and help out anyway it can. Liberty will be partnering with Ingleside…

Albert Harris students raise funds with Hats For Houston days
Prior to the end of August, students at Albert Harris Elementary School had never heard of Mitchell Elementary School in Houston, Texas. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, children in the local school are reaching out to…

To make his fiction ring true, Botetourt author consults with the experts ... in class
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is always the first book Bruce Ingram assigns his ninth-grade English students. This year, Ingram’s co-teacher at Lord Botetourt High School suggested he start with another book. His own.“I said I don’t know…

Norfolk schools charity has been sitting on a $260,000 antique French treasure. Now, they’re looking to sell it.
The late-19th-century grand piano, built in France with exquisitely detailed satinwood and parquetry, sits on display at the Chrysler Museum. Its gilded bronze-trimmed exterior case "recalls the luxurious furnishings of the Palace of…

PCHS robotics attract notice, seed money
An emergent robotics program continues to take shape at Pulaski County High School, and now others beyond the county are beginning to take notice. Two weeks ago, Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited a cyber security class at PCHS to…

Senior breakfast held
Buckingham County High School seniors began their school year with their annual senior breakfast recently. Organized by Senior Adviser Stephani Jones and the senior class officers, the event brought together individuals and area…

T.C. Williams Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Congratulations to T.C. Williams High School senior Madeline Waldhoff, who has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Madeline is one of the 16,000 talented semifinalists who will be considered for a National Merit…


Tuesday, September 19

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…

School Bicycling Program Expands to Six New Schools Thanks to Safe Routes to School Grant
ACPS has received a Safe Routes to School grant to expand last year’s Bicycling in the Schools (BITS) pilot to six more elementary schools and encourage students to walk and bike to school. This fall, the program that began as a pilot…

Roanoke Co. School Board honors Jenna Zibton for education reporting
WSLS 10's Jenna Zibton was honored by the Roanoke County School board for her Education Matters reporting. Jenna went to Thursday night's meeting where she was presented with a certificate after being added to the Virginia School…

Gov. Terry McAuliffe lauds Salem's effort to reform high school experience
Gov. Terry McAuliffe lavished praise on Salem High School during a visit Friday to talk with students about the changes being made in the school’s efforts to redesign high school. “I wish every high school in Virginia was doing the things…

Henry County, Martinsville schools make leadership changes
By the time students return to school later today, there will be an interim principal in place at Bassett High. John Gibbs has been reassigned. Over the weekend, school officials announced that Gracie Agnew will take over in that position…

Group tapped to find answers to Halifax County school facility needs
“We’ve got to fix it.” That was the directive by Halifax County Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg to a newly named committee that is tasked with finding answers to the widespread facility woes at Halifax County High School. On…

Community sees school upgrades
Citizens and city leadership got to see firsthand the ongoing transformation of Petersburg’s schools on Thursday night, as they were given a special tour of the upgrades to Vernon Johns Middle School. The tour was a part of a special…

Virginia facing teacher shortage
As public schools across Virginia opened their doors for the new school year, many did so without all of the teachers they needed. That’s because of a growing exodus of experienced teachers and an unwillingness among many young…

Wythe School Board hears prayer plaque protests
A decision by Wythe County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Perry to remove a prayer plaque from Spiller Elementary School has met with backlash from some local parents and religious leaders. Perry removed the plaque from the…

Group presses Montgomery County School Board on diversity issues
The Montgomery County School Board during the past month tweaked its mission statement to demonstrate its stance on anti-discrimination and diversity. However, members of a New River Valley chapter of Charlottesville-based…

At Stuart High School Renaming Meeting, Many Favor Change to Civil Rights Pioneer
The first steps toward the renaming of J.E.B. Stuart High School were taken last Saturday as the community gathered for a three-hour meeting in the school’s auditorium. There, attendees advocated for specific names with a majority…

Louisa marching band packing it all up in style
After nearly two years of fundraising, Louisa County High School Band Boosters donated a new equipment trailer to the high school band last Thursday. The band boosters is a volunteer, non-profit organization that raises money for all of the…

Roanoke city school leaders celebrate accreditation gains
Roanoke City Schools made major improvements in this year's state accreditation review, according to leaders of the school system. Last year, six schools in the city failed to receive full accreditation. This year, Hurt Park…

RHS students recognized by the American Legion
Seven Radford High School students were recognized at a recent American legion meeting for attending Virginia Boys and Girls State this past summer. The weeklong camp gives rising high school seniors an in-depth look at how local…


Monday, September 18

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…

Smyth County educator chosen as region's Teacher of the Year
Fine arts instruction got a boost in state recognition this week when Smyth County Teacher of the Year Chrystle Gates was named Region 7 Teacher of the Year. Gates was surprised with the announcement during an assembly…

Business men and women start early
A Waynesboro small business owner asked seventh graders: “How many of you want to own a business when you grow up?” Hands shot up in the air. On Friday, local business owners and students gathered together at Stuarts Draft Middle…

Coding is elementary at Loudoun County Public Schools
Three elementary schools in Loudoun County have become the only computer science immersion schools in the commonwealth. Meadowland Elementary, Moorefield Station Elementary and Round Hill Elementary Schools will deliver…

Benton Makes Media Honor Roll for Virginia School Boards Association
Honored by being named to the Virginia School Boards Association “Media Honor Roll” for 2017 at Tuesday’s F.C. School Board meeting was Nicholas Benton (right), owner and editor of the Falls Church News-Press. It was the…

Virginia Beach School Board OKs public-private partnerships for construction projects
The School Board has given the OK for the division to look at unsolicited private proposals on construction projects. Board members last week approved a policy that allows them to consider public-private partnerships. Such agreements are…

County lags behind in per-student spending
Even though every school in Pittsylvania County received full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year, the school district spends less per-student than almost every other locality in Virginia, according to a new report from the Virginia…

Piedmont highlights local students with “Art Class Confidential”
A special exhibit of artwork by local high school seniors is on display in Piedmont Arts’ Foster Gallery through September 30. Each fall, the “Art Class Confidential” exhibit showcases the work of students taking advanced art classes at area…

Albemarle schools to transfer Yancey building to county
The Albemarle County School Board voted 5-2 on Thursday to surplus the former Yancey Elementary School building and then transfer it to the county, beginning the process of one day reopening the building to the Esmont community. The…

Fluvanna teacher nominated for Virginia 'Teacher of the Year'
A Fluvanna County High School teacher is in the running to be "Teacher of the Year" for the state of Virginia. Russell Jennings was surprised this week with the news of his nomination and his students are cheering him on. "He's an…

YouTube clip sparks Nashville, Charlottesville schools music collaboration
On Aug. 22, a group of high schoolers in Nashville published a YouTube video of themselves singing in solidarity with the residents of Charlottesville. A few weeks later, they were at Charlottesville High School to perform with and for the local…

Kaine legislation would expand CTE training in middle schools
Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine wants to offer America's middle school students career and technical programs with a focus on career exploration. Kaine, D-Va., and West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito last week introduced the Middle…

6 Stafford County schools continue to have unsafe levels of lead in water
Water is the hot subject at Stafford County Public Schools. Specifically, what’s in it; lead. We showed parents the district’s newly released findings. Six schools showed unsafe levels of lead on campus. “It is definitely concerning. We did…