A new Virginia legislative committee on school safety held its first official meeting Thursday (4/26).
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Virginia’s Senate announced yesterday (4/24) they’ll reconvene May 14th to take up the state’s budget. They’ll also have to address recent changes to the House budget.
Richmond’s City Council voted 6-3 against an 80-cent cigarette tax to help pay for refurbished school facilities.
It’s been over a year since Virginia launched a waiver program called ARTS to increase access to treatment for Medicaid recipients with opioid or substance use disorders.
In February, Richmond’s city council approved a 1.5 percent meals tax hike to help pay for $150 million worth of new school facilities. But that still leaves a close to $75 million gulf in facilities upgrade needs in the city’s five-year plan.
Now, council is considering a cigarette tax; the final hearing is tonight. Megan Pauly reports.
Today – hundreds of Richmond area- students gathered on Brown’s Island to call for gun control reform before marching to the state for another rally.
18-year-old Henrico High student Sasha Marston rallied with peers on Brown’s Island in memory Latifah Hudnall, a former classmate who recently lost her life to gun violence.
“Her energy was just something that was unmatched and she always brought this calming and positive presence.”
Later, Henrico High Junior Carlos Brown stepped up to the microphone at the state Capitol.
State legislators continue to debate about whether or not to expand Medicaid. One of Senate Republicans’ primary concerns: federal instability surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
When it comes to school safety, advocates and officials are looking into more than just locks on doors and facility-related changes.
They also want to see more mental health supports for kids provided in school. Many Virginia schools say they don’t have enough resources when it comes to addressing mental health.
WCVE’s Megan Pauly has more for Learning Curve.
Richmond Superintendent Jason Kamras rolled out several elements of the district’s proposed budget priorities Monday night (4/16). Among the included items he prioritized: school counselors and support staff for ESL students and their parents.
One point of discussion at last night’s (4/16) Richmond school board budget meeting – whether or not to earmark new city dollars for teacher pay raises.
Virginia’s House budget includes close to $88 million dollars to give public school teachers across the state a 2% pay raise.
But that budget hasn’t been approved – and local school boards like Richmond’s are moving forward with their own budgets.