Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 31

Mentoring For Principals : A Good Idea

When you moved into the role as principal in  your school(s), did you at any time wish that you had a mentor who could be used as a sounding board for your ideas and policies, actions or programs and just simply for decisions for which you need input?  It should be helpful to have a …

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Jan 28

2013 General Assembly Session In Full Swing

 Over 140 public education bills have been introduced in a very short time, and many are proving to be pretty controversial.  Politicians have hit Richmond with a vengeance and with bills overflowing their pockets.  Transportation may top the list in much of the news, but close on the heels of that issue is another subject …

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Jan 28

Update on Education Legislation

General Assembly Bill Update: Priority Education bills are continually being monitored by VASSP. Remember to click on the bill number to read a summary and the full text of any bill. Update includes a full listing of Priority Education bills and education bills listed by category under the following headings: School Board, Personnel, Instruction/Testing; Safety/Discipline; Students/Special …

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Jan 28

Safety Task Force First Meeting

The Education Work group created by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell as a part of the Task Force of School and Campus Safety held their initial meeting on January 17, 2013 in Richmond.  Among the members of the committee, each of whom were sworn in for this committee is current VASSP President,  Dr. Keith Perrigan, Principal at Patrick Henry High …

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Jan 22

Just A Reminder !

This week, January 20 – 26, 2013 has been designated as the 2013Virginia School Principals Week.  This information was announced in the December, 2012 blog and I just wanted to be certain that you are aware of this special recognition week. All principals in the Commonwealth deserve recognition for their daily efforts to educate, take care of …

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Jan 22

Teacher Direct – A New Service From The Virginia DOE

 A new professional service providing assistance to educators with the Standards of Learning (SOL) has been launched today to “…establish a direct line of communication with classroom teachers.”  Teacher Direct is a broadcast email service with access to SOL resources and information that can be useful to teachers and school administrators. You may access this …

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Jan 22

Virginia Schools Rank Fourth in Nation in Quality Counts Report

A leading education journal, Education Week has rankedVirginia as fourth in the nation in overall educational quality and performance. Education Week’s Quality Counts 2013 report awarded the Commonwealth a letter grade of B; only Maryland – with a B+ – earned a higher overall letter grade, although Massachusetts and New York also received B’s.Virginia also earned …

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Jan 18

2012 Outstanding Virginia Principals Recognized at State School Board Meeting

During the January 10, 2013 State School Board meeting, President David Foster recognized two VASSP member principals as recipients for the 2012 Outstanding Middle School Principal and 2012 Outstanding High School Principal awards. Timothy McClung from Botetourt County Public Schools, principal at Central Academy Middle School and Antonia Fox, from York County Public Schools, currently at …

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Jan 11

Landstown High School Administrator Named State Assistant Principal of the Year

Paula Johnson, assistant principal of Landstown High School, was recently named the 2013 Outstanding Secondary School Assistant Principal of the Year by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP). A 24-year-veteran of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), Johnson was cited for her extensive work in collaborative leadership and professional learning communities, her dedication …

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Jan 11

Governor McDonnell Announces ALL STUDENTS Agenda

Governor McDonnell Announced yesterday Phase Three of the ALL STUDENTS Agenda.  The ALL STUDENTS: Public School Choice provides parents and students options they deserve.  The plan establishes ‘Opportunity Education Institution’ to turn around failing schools and ensure ALL STUDENTS access to a high quality education.    During his annual State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Bob McDonnell …

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