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19 May 2010

Schools to Use NRA Program for Gun Education

Starting next school year, a new law allows local school boards to offer gun safety education in elementary schools, based on a program from the National Rifle Association. The law requires that the program use guidelines based on “the rules of the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program.”

16 May 2010

Protecting Kids From Online Sexual Predators

The state’s fight against online sexual predators will get a boost when a new law takes effect July 1. The law will assess an additional $10 fee on each felony and misdemeanor conviction. The money will go into Virginia’s Internet Crimes Against Children Fund and will support the work of ICAC investigators.

11 May 2010

Nobody Loses in School Funding Battle

It’s not often in politics that everybody comes out a winner. But once in a while, it happens. Such was the case in the fight over a freeze on Virginia’s Local Composite Index, which determines how much local taxpayers should contribute toward public education and how much should come from the state.

11 May 2010

Doing the Math on Richmond’s School Funding

Since early March, the Richmond School Board, along with Mayor Dwight Jones, has been negotiating a budget for the 2010-2011 school year. That budget proposal must now be presented to the City Council. At the council level, the fiscal plan will be modified to reflect recent actions that the General Assembly has taken on school finance.

03 May 2010

New Law Targets Student-Athletes’ Concussions

With spring sports under way and summer on its way, the Virginia Department of Health wants to make sure student-athletes know there is no such thing as a “mild” concussion. Even a “ding” – “getting your bell rung” – or what may seem to be a slight bump or blow to the head can be serious.

06 Apr 2010

Autism Insurance Advocates Look to 2011

Parents of autistic children must wait until next year to see if Virginia will require health insurers to cover treatment for their youngsters. During the legislative session that ended last month, the General Assembly considered three bills requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. As in past years, all of the bills failed. Read Alli Atayee’s story here or in the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily.

22 Feb 2010

Schools Might Start Before Labor Day

Momentum is building in the General Assembly to let school districts start classes before Labor Day. Educators say this would help Virginia students would do better on national tests. But Gov. Bob McDonnell and the tourism industry say starting school before Labor Day would hurt Virginia tourism. Read Alli Atayee’s story on the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily.