Virginia Education Bills That Go Into Effect Tomorrow, July 1st, 2022. HUGE Improvement!!
- House Bill 4 restores a requirement that school principals report serious misdemeanors such as sexual battery to law enforcement. Under a law passed by Democrats in 2020, administrators had discretion over whether or not these crimes would be reported to police.
- House Bill 127 takes a big step toward rolling back racist admissions to our elite Governor’s Schools, returning them to a race-blind admissions process. Academic performance should be the only thing that matters, not where someone is from or the color of their skin.
- Senate Bill 656 is one I’ve been fighting for since 2016. This bill requires the Department of Education to create guidelines for notifying parents when students will be taught from explicit materials, and provides an opt-out with different materials for parents who object. If the school will be teaching from a book that has explicit material, they have to inform parents and give parents a chance to review the materials and opt out their child.
- New rules also go into effect requiring schools to have detailed safety audit plans, and at a bare minimum, a dedicated contact at the local law enforcement agency to handle any threats or dangerous situations that arise.