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Legislature Rejects Another Corporal Punishment Bill

History repeated itself during Friday’s Legislative session, where once again prohibiting the use of corporal punishment in a school setting was struck down by legislators, this time by a 12-2 vote.

With Virtual Classrooms Not Reaching All Students, Education Responds to Questions

Now that the fall semester has begun, Virgin Islands students, parents and educators are faced with the challenging realities of distance learning, not least of all that laptops designated for each of the territory's students have not reached everyone.

Senators Move to Extend Distance Learning Options Beyond the Pandemic

Options for distance learning may stick around long after the pandemic ends if legislation advanced Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development becomes law.

Water Testing Kits to Teach Kids STEM Skills from Home

Students in the U.S, Virgin Islands can practice science at home while seeing the real-world application thanks to youth-friendly home water testing kits, developed and being distributed by the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service and VI-EPSCoR.
Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory tells the Senate it's time for the measure to move forward. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature)

Homeschooling Legislation Fails to Pass Committee

The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee tabled legislation seeking to regulate homeschooling after the bill proved controversial with testifiers.

Public Schools Won’t Reopen Until 2021

Education officials informed senators Thursday that public schools will not be reopening in the fall as planned, and will be entirely virtual for at least the first semester of the school year from September to December. 

90 Percent of Board of Education Student Loans are Delinquent, Senators Learn

Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Monday expressed sharp disapproval of the V.I. Board of Education's student loan collection efforts after learning that 90 percent of such loans are delinquent.

Senators Alarmed by Shortage of Teachers, Laptops for Online Learning

Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Monday expressed concern about 119 vacant positions within the Department of Education, a shortage of teaching aids and supplies, and a shortage of laptops for online learning.

Senators Push to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools

The Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services moved forward legislation Wednesday that, among other things, would strictly prohibit corporal punishment in school settings.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin urged families to stay at home and not socialize while schools are closed. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Plans in Place for Start of the School Year – and Subject to Change

Questions were flying at a rate of 12 per minute as close to 700 viewers tuned into The Press Box on Thursday night to hear the V.I. Education Department’s plans for safely reopening schools amid the ongoing pandemic.

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