BILLS TACKLING SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE HEAD TO THE SENATE FLOOR

RICHMOND – This morning, during a packed meeting of the Senate Education & Health Committee, two bills patroned bySenator Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun) – SB 829 and SB 1082 – reported unanimously and now make their way to the Senate floor.
 
Said Senator WextonToo many of Virginia's children, disproportionately minorities and students with disabilities, are being suspended and referred to law enforcement over minor disruptions in schools. My bills will give principals more latitude, and the ability to work within the school discipline structures rather than call the police over every minor infraction.
 
Said Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), “We need to revisit how we respond to young people who are in danger of becoming part of the criminal justice system. Referring at-risk youth, who often come from difficult home environments, to the police at the first sign of disruptive behavior does nothing to help these children in the long run.”
 
 
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