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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.

Jan24

The consequences of nonconsensual sex would be included in all high school sex education classes across Virginia, under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate.

The bill, which passed 37 to 2, would require that any high school family life education curriculum include age-appropriate information about “the consequences of nonconsensual sexual activity, conduct, or touching.” 

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 We are now two weeks into the 2017 Session, and the pace has picked up dramatically.  As we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and ushered in the Trump Administration, the Senate considered several bills introduced by Republican Senator Richard Stuart that increase penalties for civil disobedience. These bills are part of a troubling trend by Republican legislators in several states to quash civil disobedience and curb First Amendment rights in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Trump Presidency protests, and the recent Women’s March on Washington.  In addition to Virginia, similar bills have been introduced in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington. 

 

Last week was the first full week of the 2017 Session, and we began to address the thousands of bills filed. Committee assignments were also announced, and I was appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources; Local Government; and Transportation Committees.

Last week, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly Session convened for 46 days to address thousands of bills and amendments to the state budget.  After 11 years in the House of Delegates, I took the oath of office to serve in the Virginia State Senate.  I am humbled and tremendously honored to have been elected by the voters of the 9th Senate District to succeed Donald McEachin, who now serves in Congress.  I look forward to continuing the work I began in the House to improve public education, provide economic opportunity for all Virginians, and strengthen our local communities.  I will continue to address the needs of my constituents through legislation and constituency services. 

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