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House Republicans Roll Out Education Agenda

House Republicans rolled out their education agenda today (1/26) at the State Capitol, with many of the bills focusing on school choice.

One bill would increase the tax credit for donations to nonprofit scholarship groups from 65-90%.

Another would give students the option to transfer to any school within their school district.

There’s also a proposal to create Education Savings Accounts to give parents the ability to put their kids in private schools.

Several bills would aim to expand access to early childhood education, but not universal Pre-K.

Transgender Restroom Case Goes to Federal Appeals Court Wednesday

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear oral arguments Wednesday morning (1/27) in the ACLU case against the Gloucester County School Board for what they say are discriminatory restroom policies for transgender students.

Gavin Grimm, a 16-year-old transgender Junior at Gloucester High School was born female but identifies as male.

General Assembly to Consider Further Changes to Mental Health System

The General Assembly will consider additional reforms to the state’s mental health system this year, changes the legislature hopes will empower families with loved ones struggling with the commitment process.

One bill would require treatment centers to make greater efforts to reach out to families once a loved one is involuntarily committed.

Other legislation would allow families to appeal a clinicians decision not to commit a family member.

Virginia Senate Approves Eliminating Employer Names from Sex Offender Registry

The General Assembly was back in session today (1/25) after taking a snow day on Friday.

The Virginia Senate passed a bill 22 to 17 that would remove a requirement that businesses who employ sex offenders have their name included in the sex offender registry. Democratic Senator Janet Howell of Northern Fairfax, the bill’s patron, says the current requirement serves as a barrier to hiring those who have served their time, and making it harder for them to get on with their lives.

Senator Tom Garrett of Buckinham says you can’t go too far to protect children.

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