Tag: Virginia

By Stefanie Jackson – The Accomack school board at its early December meeting heard a teacher’s firsthand account of the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and how the program for at-risk 4-year-olds is implemented in Accomack’s pre-K classrooms. “If you come into a VPI classroom, the question you’re going to hear...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority (ESVBA) has been awarded a Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grant of more than $12.3 million to build out ESVBA’s fiber network and provide access to high-speed internet, aka broadband, to more than 11,000 locations in Accomack and Northampton...
By Stefanie Jackson – Eastern Shore residents provided input for the composition of the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan at an Oct. 13 meeting in the Cape Charles Civic Center, led by Gov. Ralph Northam’s senior advisor to the Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources, Ellen Bolen. “Science shows us...
By Stefanie Jackson – Dominion Energy’s two-turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach is among the power company’s first steps in helping the commonwealth achieve its goal of producing 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050. “We know the importance...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Virginia Department of Education Office of Equity and Com- munity Engagement hosted an Aug. 18 webinar on how educators can be culturally responsive and inclusive when commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. Muslim students surveyed said “the most challenging day to attend school” every year is...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Public Schools has released the results of its annual school survey, which suggests that the school environment for its students and teachers is on par with other Virginia school divisions, with a few exceptions such as student economic disadvantages and teacher job retention. The...
By Stefanie Jackson – Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane visited from Richmond last week at Kiptopeke Elementary School in Northampton County and Metompkin Elementary and Tangier Combined schools in Accomack County to see how the two school divisions have safely provided students in-person learning opportunities throughout the...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam announced today that new COVID-19 vaccination guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, mean half of Virginia is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “This morning, I spoke with all of our local health directors and the leaders...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam’s goal for getting “back to normal” after the coronavirus pandemic is for each of Virginia’s 8.5 million residents to receive both rounds of the COVID-19 vaccine, or a total of 17 million shots. “Our country – your country – needs your help to...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Virginia Department of Education observed its first annual “EdEquityVA Week” in December with virtual events attended by guests including Gov. Ralph Northam. The events centered on Virginia’s efforts to provide a quality public education to all students, regardless of their race or socio-economic background. Northam attended...