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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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In this issue:

  • The surprise Senate redistricting plan
  • The defeat of several measures that would have addressed election day lines
  • My 2013 legislation
  • My RTD Op-Ed: Don’t abandon transportation-funding plan that works
  • My interview on VCTA Cable Reports
  • My commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
  • The passage of of legislation to end workplace discrimination in the Senate
  • The election of Tracy Thorne-Begland to a judgeship, and
  • The 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

In this issue:

  • My RTD Op-Ed: Virginia Can Live Without Uranium Mines
  • The Governor’s Transportation Funding Proposal
  • Legislative Black Caucus Agenda for 2013
  • Reproductive Rights Caucus Priorities for 2013

In this issue:

  • My Column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Watch the House of Delegates Live
  • Previewing the 2013 General Assembly Session
  • Move Virginia Forward Not Back
  • Governor Introduces Budget Amendment

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