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The State Board of Education on Teaching High School Students About Sexual Consent

The State Board of Education is set to review standards of learning when it comes to teaching high school students about sexual consent. The change is partially due to a bill from Fairfax County Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn.

Filler-Corn says, " This year passing the bill focusing on the law and meaning of consent was so important and something that started a few years ago."

Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn says it took two years to get her bill HB 2257 passed.

Right now, Virginia students learn about consent in 10th grade

Richmond School Board Meeting Monday Night

At the Richmond School Board Meeting Monday night (6/19), Virginia’s Superintendent of Instruction presented the first steps in what will be a collaboration to improve the struggling school system. The State Education Department, Richmond School Board and School Leadership Team and the State Board of Education are all participating.

After receiving low marks in a recent voluntary school division review, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Steven Staples presented a draft Memorandum of Understanding and Corrective Action Plan to the Richmond School Board Monday night.

Ed Gillespie has Pulled Out a Victory for the Republican Gubernatorial Nomination

Ed Gillespie has pulled out a victory for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

The race between he and Corey Stewart was closer than anticipated: Unofficial results from Virginia's Department of Elections Tuesday night showed Gillespie just BARELY ahead of Corey Stewart by about 1 and 1 tenth of a point.

Virginia's 4th Circuit Appeals Court Considering a Buxton, Maryland Case

Judges within Virginia's 4th Circuit appeals court are still considering a case out of Maryland that deals with free speech and establishment clauses of the first amendment.

Lawyers for the challenger say in 2013, he was unlawfully graded down during the admissions process for the Radiation Therapy program at a Maryland community college.

New Highway Marker Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia Decision

Today (6/12) marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision affirming the legality of interracial marriage in the U.S. In Virginia, a new historical highway marker now stands in dedication to the couple who fought that case.

The new signage sits beside what was once Virginia's Supreme Court. The court, noted Governor Terry McAuliffe, that initially upheld the anti-miscegenation law that triggered the Loving's convictions.

Corey Stewart Denounces KKK, Hate Groups

With less than a week before Virginia’s primary election, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Corey Stewart is denouncing the Klu Klux Klan and similar hate groups who rally around Confederate monuments.

Stewart’s public rejection of such organizations comes at the end of a campaign centered, in-part, around the preservation of confederate statues.

Speaking on the steps of Richmond's City Hall Friday, Stewart said although groups like the KKK may also be advocating against the removal of monuments, he doesn’t want to be associated with them.

More Democratic Voters Are Requesting Absentee Ballots

New early voting analysis from the Virginia Public Access Project indicates nearly 12,000 Republican voters have asked for absentee ballots for this year’s June 13th primary. At the same time, more than 22,000 Democratic voters have also requested absentee ballots.

VPAP devised a calculation to compare those numbers to last year’s general election wherein both parties were estimated with about 28,000 absentee requests.

Richmond Schools Board Seeks Input On Next Superintendant

The Richmond School Board will continue asking the community for ideas about the next Schools Superintendent. The meetings are organized by volunteers from Chamber RVA.

Attorney George Martin is one of the meeting facilitators. He says once discussions are done, they give meeting go-ers three dots to help visually identify their priorities.

The Board and volunteers of the Chamber will host one meeting tonight (5/23) at John Marshall High School, and another Wednesday night at Martin Luther King Middle School - between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Northam Nabs LGBTQ Gun Violence PAC’s Endorsement

With less than a month left before voters cast ballots in party primaries, the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence Political Action Committee has endorsed Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam in the race for the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination.

The Pride Fund is a national, gun-policy focused, LGBTQ group formed in the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. The dual-focused, advocacy group’s endorsement could represent a key boost for the Lieutenant Governor who is competing with former Congressman Tom Perriello for the Democratic nod.