Session Ends With 10 McClellan Bills Passed By General Assembly

Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) finished up the 2021 Virginia General Assembly Special Session with 10 of her bills on the way to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk.

The 10 McClellan bills that have passed the General Assembly will help protect Virginans’ rights, invest in education, and strengthen families’ economic situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Virginia families are hurting right now,” said Sen. McClellan. “These bills deliver much-needed relief to families facing challenges that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic, but have been exacerbated in the past year. This was a historic session for delivering progress for Virginians, and I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues on passing these landmark bills.”

Stabilizing the Child Care System

As the child of educators (including an early childhood educator) I have long understood the important foundation early childhood education provides. As a policymaker, I have reviewed the vast body of scientific research that has established that 90 percent of brain development occurs before age 5 and understood the implications for school readiness and our educational system.

Virginians deserve education equity

The Virginia Constitution strives to provide all children in Virginia access to a free, public “educational program of high quality. But, too often, Virginia’s actions haven’t lived up to those words. Our public education system consistently has been underfunded, and too many children – particularly those in lower-income communities – are inhibited from accessing a “high quality” education.