VASSP Member Update, March 25, 2024

There will be no VASSP Member Update on April 1, 2024. The next edition will be April 8, 2024.

State Articles of Interest  

Target 7: How Roanoke City Public Schools responds to threats

Prince William County School Board Ratifies First Collective Bargaining Agreement – Bristow Beat

Appomattox County Schools to use AI technology to keep students safe

Waynesboro among school systems working to expand expedited teaching program – Augusta Free Press

Henrico Schools staffers make another push for collective bargaining

Richmond Public School leaders to update ‘Homebound Instruction’ policies and more at meeting | WRIC ABC 8News

National Articles of Interest 

How can districts ensure students have enough social-emotional support? | K-12 Dive

Supreme Court protects public officials’ free speech rights in social media rulings | K-12 Dive

Biden signs FY 24 budget for Education Department, other agencies | K-12 Dive

By the Numbers: The end of universal school meals hurt student meal participation | K-12 Dive

How are high schools supporting students through FAFSA delays? | K-12 Dive

Alabama governor signs law banning school DEI funding | K-12 Dive

Improving the High School Experience-ChalkBeat

DOE Updates

Roundtable Discussions on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning

Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals, Teachers
Contact: Laura Casdorph, Science Coordinator, Laura.Casdorph@doe.virginia.gov

The Virginia Department of Education is hosting roundtable discussions to obtain feedback from educators, parents, and other stakeholders on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning. Feedback garnered from the roundtable discussions will inform the revision process for the 2025 Science Standards of Learning. Roundtable sessions will be available virtually and in-person at the times and dates indicated below. Feedback can also be provided through the Comments on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning form or by emailing comments directly to vdoe.science@doe.virginia.gov. Comments must be received by May 31, 2024.  

  • April 22, 2024 (In-person), 4-5 p.m., Roanoke County Schools Central Office Building, 5937 Cove Road, Roanoke, VA 24019 
  • April 23, 2024 (Virtual), 12-1 p.m. Registration Link
  • April 23, 2024 (Virtual), 7-8 p.m. Registration Link.  
  • April 25, 2024 (In-person), 5-6 p.m., Fairfax County Schools, Willow Oaks Administrative Center, 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 
  • May 1, 2024 (In-person), 6-7 p.m., Charlottesville City Schools, Walker Upper Elementary, 1564 Dairy Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903 
  • May 7, 2024 (In-person), 5-6 p.m., Newport News Schools Board Office, 12465 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606 
  • May 8, 2024 (Virtual), 12-1 p.m. Registration Link
  • May 8, 2024 (Virtual), 4-5 p.m. Registration Link

Naloxone Distribution to K-12 Public School Divisions

Audience: Superintendents, School Principals, Non-teaching Staff, and Administrators
Contact: Joseph A. Wharff, Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness, Joseph.Wharff@doe.virginia.gov 

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Naloxone Distribution Team is hosting an informational webinar on naloxone distribution to K-12 public school divisions on Tuesday, March 26, at noon. Individuals at the school board and division levels are asked to join this webinar to discuss the VDH Naloxone Distribution Program including naloxone access for public schools and considerations for keeping students and staff safe.? 

Please register in advance for the webinar using the Naloxone Distribution Webinar for K-12 Public School Divisions registration page. A recording and presentation slides will be shared after the webinar.? 

VLA Implementation Playbook

As school divisions continue to engage in the regional literacy network implementation series and prepare for full implementation of the Virginia Literacy Act, the Department has created a playbook that will serve as a companion framework to help guide decision making and assist school division leadership teams in mapping out their implementation plan when they return to their divisions. The VLA Implementation Playbook is designed to meet every school division where they are in the process and will aid in providing a roadmap for a successful 2024-2025 school year.

New Resources Aligned to the 2023 Mathematics Standards of Learning

These resources are now available on the 2023 Mathematics Instructional Resources webpage. These resources include Understanding the Standards documents for Grades K-5 (released February 9), and Grades 6 through Algebra 2 (released February 29). The documents further define the content knowledge, skills, and understandings of the Mathematics SOL. They provide background information about mathematical concepts and delineate the minimum content that all students should learn. Understanding the Standards documents for upper-level secondary mathematics courses will be released at the end of March.

Ed. Department Updates

ED GETS $82B IN BIDEN’S FISCAL YEAR 2025 BUDGET REQUEST, 4% INCREASE

On Monday, the Biden-Harris Administration released the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025. Following historic progress made since the President took office, the Budget aims to lower costs for working families, protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare, invest in America and the American people, and reduce the deficit by cracking down on fraud, cutting wasteful spending, and increasing taxes on wealthy corporations. In terms of education, the Budget will invest in evidence-based strategies and partnerships that will help improve learning conditions, build pathways to college and careers, and increase postsecondary education affordability and access.

The proposed budget requests $82.4 billion in discretionary Budget Authority, marking a $3.1 billion or 4.0 percent increase from the FY 2024 annualized Continuing Resolution (CR) level. With these resources, the Department of Education (ED) plans to enhance academic excellence by investing in high-need schools and student recovery by providing $18.6 billion for Title I and $14.4 billion for Individuals with Disability Education Act Part B. In addition, it aims to eliminate the educator shortage and support student mental health and well-being through a $216 million investment for School Safety National Activities. With the goal of promoting global engagement, ED will also provide $940 million to support English learners and $1.5 billion for Career and Technical Education state grants.

?Lastly, ED plans on using these funds to reduce higher education costs through increasing Pell Grant awards, proposing the elimination of origination fees on Federal Direct student loans, and establishing partnerships to make two years of community college free for first-time students and workers wanting to reskill.