Insider Express – Vol. 1, Issue 18

Volume 1, Issue 18

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Board Meeting Highlights

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Following are highlights from the school board’s work session on March 28, 2024. You can view the full March 28 meeting agenda in ESB. You can also watch a recording of the March 28 meeting on our YouTube page.

Resolution Providing for Collective Bargaining

Following the school board’s decision to authorize collective bargaining last year, a committee met numerous times over the course of more than 10 months to draft a proposed resolution, which, if adopted, will establish the terms and conditions under which an employee organization may seek to be certified as the exclusive bargaining representative of ACPS employees. The proposed resolution was presented for information on March 28 and will be considered for approval on April 11.

Questions? Contact Josiah Black.

Policy Review & Revisions

Virginia Code requires all school board policies to be reviewed at least every five years and revised as needed. On March 28, three policies were presented for action:

  • AF, Comprehensive Plan
  • BBFA, Conflict of Interest
  • EFB, Food Services

Questions? Contact Dallas Hitt.

School Naming Review

Karen Waters, Director of Community Education, presented the school board with a School Name Review Final Report, including a recommendation to change the name of Agnor-Hurt Elementary School to Agnor Elementary School, effective July 1, 2024. The board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Questions? Email

FY 25 Budget Updates

Maya Kumazawa, Director of Budget and Planning, presented updates on the FY 25 budget development process, including a summary of the approved funding request and a review of options for addressing the current $13.3 million funding gap. Budget materials can be viewed on the 2024-25 Budget Development web page. The board is scheduled to adopt a final and balanced budget on April 25. 

Questions? Email

Chronic Absenteeism Work Session

Community Engagement staff facilitated a work session focused on chronic absenteeism. Their presentation addressed absenteeism data in ACPS, what ACPS is doing to combat chronic absenteeism, and a closer look at some of our individual school programs that are seeing success.

Questions? Email Daphne Keiser.

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TeacherDirect Newsletter

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TeacherDirect is a weekly newsletter designed to provide a direct line of communication between the Virginia Department of Education and classroom teachers and educators. Subscribe to TeacherDirect to receive weekly updates from VDOE via email!

Some highlights from the April 3 issue include:

  • Listening Session Series: Development of Virginia’s School Performance and Support Framework
  • National Writing Project: Teachers as Writers, Writers as Teachers
  • VEA Praxis Readiness One-Day Workshop
  • Month of the Military Child
  • April is Arab American Heritage Month
  • Roundtable Discussions on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning
  • New Resources Aligned to the 2023 Mathematics Standards of Learning
  • Research Fellowship Opportunity for Teachers
  • VT Workshops for Science Teachers
  • 2024 Summer Teacher of Multilingual Learners Institutes
  • New Resource: Virginia Assessment Item Maps for Grades 3-8 Reading and Mathematics
  • How to Become a Teacher Spring 2024 Information Session
  • Administration and Supervision Online Program
  • And more!

Virginia Education Update Newsletter

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Virginia Education Update is a weekly newsletter from Dr. Coons, Superintendent of Public Instruction, that serves to communicate official information from the Virginia Department of Education to school divisions.

The March 28 edition contains items that may be of interest to teachers and other school division employees, such as:

  • Celebrating Military-Connected Students – April and May
  • School Performance And Support Framework Listening Sessions – Starting April 2
  • Request for Proposals for Advancing Computer Science Education Grant – Due April 15
  • Nominations for the Aspiring Special Education Leaders Academy, Cohort XVII – Due by April 19
  • Roundtable Discussions on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning – Starting April 22
  • Waiver Request to Administer SOL Test Expedited Retakes After the Last Day of School – Due by May 1
  • VQB5 Quality Profile Preview and Feedback Opportunity – Due by May 10
  • Guidance Update for School Divisions: Parental Decision-Making Authority