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NORTHERN VIRGINIA DELEGATE PROPOSES LAW MANDATING CLERGY MEMBERS REPORT ABUSE

By NATHANIEL CLINE, Loudoun Times

An effort to protect children from abuse in places of worship will be discussed in the upcoming General Assembly session. Virginia House Del. Karrie Delaney (D-67th) has introduced legislation that requires clergy members to report abuse to authorities.

VaNews December 31, 2018



PROPOSED LAWS IN D.C. AND VA. WOULD REQUIRE CLERGY TO REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE

By MICHELLE BOORSTEIN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

In response to recent Catholic Church clergy sex abuse scandals, lawmakers in the District and Virginia say they will soon propose legislation that adds clergy to the list of people mandated by law to report child abuse or neglect. Both efforts hit at the hot-button intersection of child protection and religious liberty,

VaNews December 27, 2018



HOW EDUCATION BILLS FARED THIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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.

VaNews March 19, 2018



IMPACT OF 2018 VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON EVERYDAY LIFE

By JORDAN PASCALE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

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.

VaNews March 19, 2018



VIRGINIA MAKES PLAY TIME A PRIORITY IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

By IRENA SCHUNN, VCU Capital News Service

The Virginia Senate approved legislation Friday that defines recess as instructional time, responding to concerns from parents worried about a lack of unstructured play over a long school day.

VaNews March 10, 2018



LUCK OF THE DRAW MIGHT HAVE INFLUENCED VIRGINIA LAW

By DAVE RESS AND REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

On Jan. 3, by drawing one canister rather than another out of a blue and white ceramic bowl, State Board of Elections chairman James Alcorn set a course for the 2018 House of Delegates. The drawing was to settle a hard-fought but tied election. The result returned Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, to the House. It also left his challenger, Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds, thinking about the parental leave measures, funding for school construction and, perhaps above all, Medicaid expansion she hoped to help enact as a new member of the House.

VaNews March 10, 2018



LOUDOUN COUNTY LAWMAKERS CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO LOUDOUN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By VERONIKE COLLAZO, Loudoun Times

A bipartisan group of Loudoun County state lawmakers have sent a letter to Virginia Department of Education Secretary Atif Qarni asking the department to investigate Loudoun County Public Schools' use of seclusion and restraint against students with special needs.

VaNews March 6, 2018



VIRGINIA SENATE APPROVES LONG-TERM STUDENT SUSPENSION REFORM

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

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.

VaNews February 27, 2018



LAWMAKERS WANT TO FURTHER PENALIZE EMPLOYMENT FRAUD

By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF

Lawmakers in Richmond are poised to crack down on employers who are cheating the system and their employees.

VaNews February 27, 2018



SOME VIRGINIA STUDENTS ONLY GET 15 MINUTES OF RECESS; TWO LAWMAKERS SAY 'LET THE KIDS PLAY'

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Barbara Larrimore wondered why her oldest son only had 15 minutes of recess. She wanted him to have more, so in fall 2016, the mother of three started advocating for more recess. “We need to address the whole child,” said Larrimore, of Lake Ridge. “This is just common sense.” Now, less than two years later, two bills that would permit Virginia school boards to increase recess times in elementary schools are making their way through the General Assembly with little opposition.

VaNews February 24, 2018