A central Virginia Democrat will lead the House of Delegates Education Committee.
Del. Roslyn Tyler, D-Sussex, was announced as the education committee's chairwoman by House Speaker-designee Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, on Nov. 14. Tyler was first elected in 2005.
“She’s an avid supporter of students and teachers and the work they do every day," Virginia Education Association President Jim Livingston said in a statement. "I can’t think of a better choice to lead this important committee.”
The General Assembly session starts Jan. 8.
Richmond Public Schools is launching a new crossing guard pilot program.
The city school system announced Nov. 14 that it was partnering with Richmond City Safe Routes to Schools to provide crossing guards at 11 schools and traffic monitors to three schools this year. The schools were chosen based on the number of students walking to and from school and the safety needs of school communities.
“While the focus is on the safety of our students and families, we are also very intentional about creating safe and loving school environments through this pilot,” said RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras. “Each crossing guard from the program works at that school, so they are already familiar with the school community, which empowers them to continue to build on their relationships with students and families.”
The schools involved in the pilot program are:
- Blackwell Elementary School
- George W. Carver Elementary School
- Fairfield Court Elementary School
- Ginter Park Elementary School
- Linwood Holton Elementary School
- Mary Munford Elementary School
- Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School
- Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts
- Swansboro Elementary School
- Westover Hills Elementary School
- Woodville Elementary School
- E.S.H. Greene Elementary School
- Broad Rock Elementary School
- J.L. Francis Elementary School
Virginia Union University is creating a new society to honor Wyatt Tee Walker.
The university announced Nov. 11 that it's forming the "Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Social Justice Society of Preachers and Prophetic Witnesses." The first members will be inducted in November 2020.
“We are honored to take part in the building of such an extraordinary honor in the name of our dear friend and alumnus Dr. Wyatt T. Walker,” said Hakim Lucas, VUU's president. “Virginia Union University will forever honor its son by honoring those who embody his advocacy for social justice and Afrocentric ideals in the areas of scholarship, theology, service, leadership, preaching, teaching, community, government, public policy and music. May this declaration, guide us as we begin to invest and to celebrate his legacy.”
Walker, a VUU alumnus, served as chief of staff for Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1960 to 1964.