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Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin testifies during Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development meeting. (V.I. Leguslature photo)

VIDE Tells Senate $5 Million in Grants Have Expired

Almost $5 million from federal grants to the V.I. Department of Education expired in 2019, Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin told the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development Tuesday.

Senators Grill Company Overseeing Educational Grants

Government officials said they didn’t trust Bazilio Cobb Associates, a fiduciary agent contracted to manage the U.S. Department of Education grants for the Virgin Islands Department of Education.

Rashawn Ross – A Virgin Islands Music Ambassador

Trumpeter and music arranger Rashawn Ross of the Dave Matthews Band is a man living his dream. He’s also a man who has never forgotten where he came from. Moved by the devastation of the Virgin Islands and the territory’s schools following two back to back hurricanes, Ross strives to support others through his own passion.
Personnel Director Milton Potter. (2016 file photo from the V.I. Legislature)

Senate May Add Adult Education Grads to Government Scholarship Program

Valedictorians and salutatorians from V.I. Adult Education Centers will be eligible for the small scholarships the V.I. government gives to regular public school vals and sals, if the bill approved in committee on Tuesday becomes law.
Senate President Novelle Francis conducts Monday’s legislative session. (Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

‘Brain Drain’ Bill Held in Committee

Senators voted Tuesday to hold a bill that aims to allow government workers who left regular, protected classified government jobs for high-pay at-will exempt jobs to return to regular, protected government work, if they have 10 years of service.
Sens. Donna Frett-Gregory and Janelle Sarauw discuss the VIVIS bill, which they co-sponsored. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Panel OKs Measure to Reorganize Long-Languishing Data System

The long dormant V.I. Virtual Information System, or VIVIS, may be reworked with a new executive council if a bill forwarded out of the Senate Rules Committee is enacted. But funding concerns remain.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. delivers his State of the Territory address. (Photo by Alvin D. Burke Jr.)

State of the Territory: Bryan Says Good News Is Starting to...

After a year of “trials and triumphs,” Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the “state of our territory is on the mend” because of the focus his administration has put into three key mandates: stabilizing the government to rebuild pubic trust, recovery and rebuilding efforts and laying a solid foundation to restore the economy.
Members of the Board of Education answer senators' questions during Tuesday's hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Opinion: V.I. Board of Education Responds to Leaked Draft Audit

This is the Board of Education's response to a leaked, draft version of the V.I. Inspector General's audit. The Source does not have this report as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. Other news outlets reported the draft alleges loose and incomplete financial accounting.
In this 2011 photo, Central High students leave school early after a mysterious odor caused classes to be canceled. (Source file photo)

Central High Students Missing Second Week Due to Smells

Students at St. Croix Central High are now entering their second week without class and with no end in sight, due to ongoing complaints of an unpleasant smell. Central High School will remain closed on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw said she couldn't sleep the night after touring some V.I. public schools, wondering 'What in the world are we doing to our students?" (V.I. Legislature photo)

Bill Would Require Teachers to be Trained for K-3

A bill that would require educators teaching kindergarten through third grade to meet specific early childhood education requirements was approved by the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee Thursday and sent on to the full body Senate.

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