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KENTUCKY

Kentucky School for the Blind Advisory Board to Meet Virtually Jan. 25

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) Advisory Board will meet virtually Jan. 25. The session is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET. 

The Kentucky General Assembly authorized KSB to have an advisory board. While the language in KRS 167.035 does not require an advisory board, if one is established, the board will provide advice to the commissioner of education and KSB administration on how the school can best meet the specialized educational and cultural needs of the students it serves.

 

Kentucky Must Face the Ugly Realities of Racism to Achieve Equity for All

Although 2020 was the most difficult year many have ever experienced, it is safe to say many lessons were learned throughout the course of such a challenging year. As we reflect over the last 12 months, Americans have endured a global pandemic, economic turmoil, political divisiveness and racial unrest. As overwhelming as all of this can seem, I have learned that some of life’s biggest lessons can be revealed in our darkest times.

This past summer, we saw our commonwealth struggle with racial unrest as Kentuckians hurting from the pain of long-standing, systemic racism took to the streets to protest, particularly in our largest city, Louisville. As the leader of Kentucky’s largest business association, I watched as calls for racial equality unfolded and quickly realized the business community had a role to play in the discussions to create lasting, meaningful change. It is time for Kentucky to embrace significant, sustainable changes in racial equity, diversity and inclusion to allow all Kentuckians to reach their full potential.

 

More Than 80,000 Ky. School Personnel and Teachers Sign Up for COVID-19 Vaccine

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) - Kentucky schools opened unevenly across the state, with some returning to in-person learning as others delay the decision. But the COVID-19 vaccine could push students back to the classroom sooner than expected.

The Kentucky Department of Education tells WSAZ that 82,158 people of public and private K-12 educators and support staff indicated they wanted to receive the vaccination, and it’s a number expected to rise.

Any personnel in public schools, including, full-time and part-time workers plus coaches, were offered the vaccine, depending on the district individually.

 

TENNESSEE

TN General Assembly Passes Bill Requiring Schools to Offer Summer School Programs for Students Falling Behind

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The “Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act” has been passed in the Tennessee General Assembly. The bill requires schools to implement a program of after-school learning mini-camps, learning loss bridge camps, and summer learning camps to remediate student learning loss.

 

'It's a Straight Slap in the Face' || Education Advocates React to Gov. Lee's Education Special Session Plans

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Governor Bill Lee on Thursday introduced several proposals hoping to, in his words, "intervene for our kids who are staring down record learning losses."

One of the proposals Lee is asking the Tennessee Legislature to pursue is a 4% raise for teachers, something Tanya Coats, President of the Knox County Education Association, believes they'll never see.

 

COVID-19 Emotional Support Line Now Available for Tennessee Educators

Through a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), along with several statewide organizations,  the COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is now available for all Tennessee educators. The emotional support line provides free and confidential support from specially trained volunteer mental health professionals to callers experiencing increased anxiety and stress due to the national pandemic. The COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is available to call at 888-642-7886 from 6 a.m.- 10 p.m. CT/ 7 a.m.- 11 p.m. ET daily.

 

VIRGINIA

Study: Roanoke Region Needs Better Focus on Career Education Programs

A regional group is forming to improve career and technical education for students in the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands.

A 2020 study of career and technical education programs at K-12 schools and community colleges in eight localities revealed potential to better connect students with careers in trades, services and industry, said Morgan Romeo, executive director for the nonprofit Virginia Career Works of the Blue Ridge.

 

Virginia School Divisions Could Get Some Help with Expanding Broadband Access

School divisions across Virginia are struggling to make sure they have the kind of broadband connections necessary for distance learning.

Schools in Virginia are understandably wary of sending home a flier from Comcast or any other private provider alerting parents to affordable broadband programs. Promoting private industry on the public dime always raises red flags, so Senator Jennifer Boysko of Herndon has a bill to make it clear that schools have that authority.

 

Video: “New Virginia Way” Highlights McAuliffe’s Plan to Address Inequities in Education, Raise Teacher Pay Above National Average for First Time in Virginia History

MCLEAN, VA – Terry McAuliffe today released a new video, “New Virginia Way,” spotlighting his bold plan to address inequities in education and make the biggest, boldest investment in education in Virginia history. The video features footage from Terry’s campaign launch in December where he announced his plan to make an unprecedented $2 billion annual investment in education. As governor, Terry will expand preschool to every 3 and 4-year old child in need, get every Virginia student online, and raise teacher pay above the national average for the first time in Virginia history.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Board of Education Gives Counties Time To Comply With In-Person Directive

CHARLESTON — With some counties continuing to offer remote learning despite a mandate for in-person learning, the West Virginia Board of Education decided Wednesday to wait until next week before taking action against those counties.

 

Local West Virginia School Systems Report COVID-19 Cases, Personnel Shortages After Two days in School

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — After only two days of in-person instruction in West Virginia schools, several area counties made announcements Wednesday of quarantine-related interruptions in operations or positive COVID-19 cases.

 

 

BHS’s Teachers Ranked State’s Best Public Educators, School Ranked Third Best

 

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - In the recently released 2021 rankings on Niche.com, Bridgeport High School’s educators were listed as the best in West Virginia. The school was ranked as the third best in the Mountain State.