Virginia General Assembly Crossover was last week, which means we’re left to support or work to defeat only the bills that made it through either the House or the Senate. We are refocusing our monitoring efforts to make sure we get you timely alerts about the remaining relevant and important legislation that is up for vote before the end of the session! 

Here are the education-related bills we will be monitoring and keeping you updated on going forward:

  • SB170: Prohibits students in preschool through third grade from being suspended for more than three days or expelled, except in certain severe cases. 
  • HB1600: Reduces the maximum length of a long-term suspension from 364 calendar days to 45 school days.
  • HB919: Makes several changes to the Virginia Community College System to ensure a standard quality of education at all comprehensive community colleges.

Your voice makes a difference! Calling and emailing puts pressure on our lawmakers to do the right thing. While we’ve seen some good legislation make its way through committees, there have been numerous common-sense bills that either have been killed or were left in committee to die. Below are a few of the bills that, unfortunately, didn’t make it through:

  • SB284: Would have required higher education institutions to open board meetings to students and provide a public comment period of at least 30 days prior to any vote to increase tuition or fees. 
  • HB445: Would have eliminated the requirement that school principals report certain student actions to law enforcement. 

Please keep an eye out for our updates and take action by calling and emailing your Senator and Delegate to support legislation that protects young children from long-term suspensions or expulsions and strives to ensure that community colleges across the Commonwealth provide a quality education. 

Thank you for your continued support and engagement while we try to see the good bills through to the finish line!