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As the government looks to open up leisure activities, a collaboration between Sports, Parks and Recreation and the Education Department will give 82 local student-athletes the chance to participate in a “Combine in a Bubble” program aimed at getting them into college.
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.
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.
The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee tabled legislation seeking to regulate homeschooling after the bill proved controversial with testifiers.
The Department of Education has released its new facilities master plan, a more than 500-page document available on the department's website, and announced it will hold a virtual public forum on the plan Thursday.
Department of Education officials said Thursday night that St. Croix’s replacement Arthur A. Richards School will be the first school to be rebuilt in the territory after the 2017 hurricanes. But the school won’t be ready until 2025.
In January, the V.I. Department of Education teamed up with design firm DLR Group to create a master plan for the potentially millions of dollars in FEMA funds the department expects to receive to reconstruct the territory’s derelict public schools. But no funds have been received so far.
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.