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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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The General Assembly adjourned Sine Die on March 11th, one day early, after completing work on thousands of bills and a $105 billion two-year budget.   The Governor has until midnight, April 11th to sign, amend, or veto the legislation on his desk.  On Wednesday, April 20th, the General Assembly will return for Reconvened Session to consider the Governor's amendments and vetoes.

We are nearing the finish line for the 2016 General Assembly Session, with a little over a week to go.  Last week, the House and the Senate acted on their respective budgets. The House budget proposal, outlined below, has a number of positive items, including pay increases for state employees and increased spending on public schools. However, both the House and Senate budgets remove funding for Medicaid expansion, leaving hundreds of thousands of Virginians without access to quality health care services.

Today marks the mid-way point of the session, known as "Crossover". This is the date by which each chamber must complete work on its own bills. Before the end of the day, we will vote on hundreds of bills on the House floor, covering charter schools, juvenile justice reform, economic development, certificate of public need reform for hospitals, ethics, guns, and early childhood education.  We will address the biennial budget next week.

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