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Jan31

A group of African-American women called for action Wednesdayon issues burdening the black community, including gun violence, lack of health care and inadequate educational opportunities.

Jan29

Virginia schools refer roughly 16 kids for every 1,000 students to law enforcement. Some of the schools with the highest rates of referral were middle schools.

On Monday, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, joined by Sen. William Stanley, R-Moneta, introduced multiple bills aimed to fix the school to prison pipeline.

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, introduced two budget amendments to help appropriately fund schools to deal with the issue. The amendments will eliminate the cap on support staff funding from public schools and will provide financial assistance to public schools for alternatives to address behaviors other than suspension.

“If we don’t get this right, if we don’t put our money where our mouth is, we will lose an entire generation of students to the school to prison pipeline,” said McClellan.

Jan24

Proposed budget amendments could provide millions of additional dollars to rural schools.

Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, this week introduced an amendment that would add $35.7 million the first year and $28.5 million the second from the general fund, increasing the supplement paid to school districts with at-risk students in poverty. The bill — which would apply to the fiscal 2018-19 and 2019-20 spending plans — would both increase funding and broaden how funds may be spent to support those students, the document shows.

Other amendments have been introduced by Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, and Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Petersburg, whose addition would actually direct more money — $49.9 million the first year and $42.8 million the second — to rural divisions statewide.

Jan24

bill to require high schools across Virginia to teach the meaning of consent and that it's required before sexual activity has overwhelmingly passed the Virginia Senate.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Jennifer McClellan, was passed on a 37-2 vote in the Senate on January 23.

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We’re in the final days of the 2017 Session, and are scheduled to adjourn Saturday, if not sooner. A number of controversial bills have already been vetoed by the Governor this week.  First, HB 1582 (Campbell) would have expanded eligibility for concealed handgun permits for individuals 18 years or older an on active military duty or have been honorably discharged from service. The Governor vetoed this bill because weapons training provided as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that individual to carry weapons after service.  Under the bill, an individual who completed basic training but was subsequently disqualified from having access to weapons could apply for a concealed handgun permit.

We are now in the final week of the 2017 Session. We still have quite a bit of work to do, as a number of bills, including the budget, are in conference committees to work out differences between the House and Senate versions. Last week the Senate passed a number of controversial bills.

Last week the House and Senate adopted amendments to the 2016-2018 budget to address a projected $279.3 million revenue shortfall. The Senate budget reflects its top priorities of supporting mental health programs, avoiding spending cuts for public education and safety net programs, and providing an overdue pay raise for all state employees and teachers.  Specifically, the Senate budget proposes a 3 percent raise for state classified employees, a 2 percent raise for college and university faculty, the state share of a 2 percent raise for public school teachers, and a 2 percent raise for state-supported local employees.  Instead of providing a raise for teachers, the House budget increases funding for school divisions, which may use the money for raises or for other priorities.