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Youngkin’s order on masks leaves Virginia schools scrambling

by Markus Schmidt and Megan Schnabel January 20, 2022 RICHMOND – Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order seeking to create an opt-out for classroom mask mandates has left many school districts in Southwest and Southside Virginia confused and scrambling as they weigh the directive…

Youngkin taps critical race theory opponents to lead public education in Virginia

The state’s new superintendent of public instruction supported anti-CRT legislation in Wyoming BY: KATE MASTERS – JANUARY 13, 2022 7:11 PM Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin has named two women with track records of opposing “critical race theory” — a once obscure collegiate field that’s…

Gov.-elect Youngkin names school data consultant as Virginia education secretary

From the Washington Post; RICHMOND — Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) has named Aimee Rogstad Guidera as his choice for Virginia education secretary, the first appointment he has announced for the administration that will take office Jan. 15. Guidera is a…

Loudoun County Parents Stage ‘Operation Shoe Drop’ Calling For Increased Parental Rights

Concerned parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, staged a demonstration outside of the Loudoun County Public Schools administration building on Dec. 13. The protest represented the growing number of families supposedly leaving the district following allegations of indoctrination and sexual assault…

Virginia IT agency hit with ransomware attack

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The information technology agency that serves Virginia’s legislature has been hit by a ransomware attack that has substantially affected its operations, state officials said Monday. Gov. Ralph Northam’s spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky, confirmed the attack on Virginia’s…

Principals Highlight Pandemic Innovations

October 27, 2021, Alexandria, Virginia—The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and NAESP Foundation today launched Leaders We Need Now (LWNN), a series of three research briefs on how the unprecedented crises and turmoil in 2020–2021 have affected the…