Concerns from the state’s community college system might have killed one of two college governance reform bills championed by Del. R. Steven Landes, but he hopes to save his legislation.
Landes’ bills were part of a raft of legislation dealing with higher education that came in the wake of the summer’s leadership crisis at the University of Virginia.
University of Virginia Rector Helen E. Dragas moved one step closer to confirmation from the General Assembly on Friday, as her name advanced through the House of Delegates’ Privileges and Elections Committee after an 18-2 vote.
Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, asked his fellow committee members not to support Dragas, but his words largely fell on deaf ears.
“She showed poor leadership and poor judgment,” said Landes, whose district includes part of Albemarle County.
Schools whose third-grade students are struggling in reading will qualify for a testing exemption on another subject under a bill that passed a House subcommittee Tuesday.
The goal is to allow those schools - including some in Norfolk - to focus on reading instruction, said Del. Steve Landes, R-Augusta, who sponsored the measure (HB2144).
A proposed bill in the General Assembly by Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, could lead to more public access to boards of visitors meetings at the state's colleges and universities. House Bill 1952 would make annual reports to the General Assembly and training sessions on items such as board structure and function and the Freedom of Information Act mandatory.