More than 70 percent of Virginia public schools are at least 30 years old. Republican Senator Bill Stanley has proposed a series of bills designed to help localities pay for new school facilities, or fix existing ones.
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Several pieces of legislation linked to school safety are expected to clear Virginia’s House chamber this week.
Guidance counselors are getting a lot of attention this legislative session. Legislation to change the legal name of the role to school counselors has advanced to the house floor. The term “guidance counselor” is linked to post World War II, when they’d go into schools to guide veterans into careers after high school graduation.
A bill creating a fund to help recruit and retain more computer science college faculty in Virginia cleared its first legislative hurdle yesterday, but many say building a tech talent pipeline starts with K-12 education.
When it comes to major economic development deals, a handful of legislators have a say early on in negotiations. Five members of the House, and three members of the Senate are on the Major Employment and Investment (MEI) Project Approval Commission.
Elections are weighing heavily on the minds of legislators this year. This morning, legislation to make November’s election day a school holiday advanced out of committee and will appear next on the House floor.
Lawmakers will be grappling with how best to keep students safe this General Assembly session. Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox convened a work group to study the topic last year.
They released a final report of recommendations in late December. At the top the list: requiring school counselors to spend more direct one-on-one time with students. Republican Delegate Steve Landes introduced legislation designed to do that.
The spotlight remains on Virginia’s Medicaid agency this legislative season. However, this time – the focus isn’t so much on Medicaid expansion per se, but how to ensure the agency’s forecasting is more accurate going forward.
Richmond public school teachers have until the end of the day Wednesday to submit course materials from the past three school years to central office for review.