Housing choice vouchers contribute to areas of concentrated poverty, because so few landlords accept them according to a report published by Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) this year. A new bill that Virginia lawmakers will take up in January would offer protections to tenants relying on government assistance.
Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) said housing choice vouchers are often stigmatized, and can be limiting for residents looking for places to live in.
State Sen. Bill Stanley saw one of his goals for this session achieved over the weekend. Gov. Ralph Northam signed two bills into law regarding student discipline and suspensions, one barring school divisions from suspending students in pre-K through third grade for more than three days, and another that cuts the maximum length of a long-term suspension from 364 calendar days to 45 school days.
As Virginia lawmakers take action to combat the school-to-prison pipeline, Richmond-area schools continue to refer a disproportionate number of black students to law enforcement.
Data released by the U.S. Department of Education in April shows that while black students made up 15 percent of national enrollment in 2015-16, they accounted for 31 percent of students referred to law enforcement or arrested that year.
When visitors were arriving at Colonial Heights High School one morning this week, the receptionist at the front desk made sure no one slipped in the door behind someone else without being buzzed in.
Once inside, guests had to sign a logbook and hand over a photo ID, which the receptionist used to make a quick-printed visitor badge showing the face of each person entering the building.
The Virginia General Assembly will reconvene next month to carve out a budget, an act that will have major impact on education in the state.
The House of Delegates version of the budget, which includes Medicaid expansion, allocates more state funding per student than the Senate’s, with a salary increase taking effect July 1, 2019. Teachers in Virginia continue to make below the national average of teacher salaries.
The Virginia General Assembly wrapped up last weekend with legislators passing 919 bills.
Many are narrow carve-outs affecting a small group of people, like staggering the election of City Council members in the small southwestern town of Buchanan. Others deal with rather trivial things that don’t seem like they need a law – such as the one allowing your kids to bring sunscreen to school without a doctor's note.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is again turning to state legislators for help fund the city’s public schools.
At a brief news conference Monday, Stoney endorsed the House of Delegates version of the state budget, which would mean $2.4 million more for Richmond Public Schools compared with the Senate version. A group of 13 negotiators from the House and Senate is hammering out a budget compromise in conference.
The Richmond ballot measure that voters passed overwhelmingly in November in hopes of improving school facilities has made it out of committee.
The Virginia House of Delegates Counties, Cities and Towns Committee unanimously voted Friday to report Senate Bill 750 from Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, to the full chamber.
Virginia is on the brink of having student discipline reform.
The Senate on Monday approved House Bill 1600 from Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond, which would limit the length of a long-term suspension — which is currently classified as 11 school days to 364 calendar days — at 45 school days, except for some instances. The body voted 34-6 in favor of the bill.
A bill that would drastically change student discipline in Virginia is one step closer to becoming law.
House Bill 1600 from Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond, was reported 13-1 out of the Senate Education and Health Committee on Thursday.