New State Legislation

Nathaniel Pierce, Staff Writer~

Since the convening of the Virginia General Assembly on Jan. 10, 2018, there have been over 260 bills focussed on education brought forward in either the state House or Senate. These are some of the more important bills of the 2018 year thus far.

Senate Bill (SB) 229 is labelled as “School bus personnel; training program on autism spectrum disorders.” This bill requires that anyone employed by the school board to be trained in helping and understanding all of the autism spectrum disorders. This bill is particularly aimed at those who work directly with any student with autism, including bus drivers and aides. SB 229 entered committee in the state Senate on Jan. 25. It passed through Senate with a 39 to 0 vote. It then entered the House and passed with a 96 to 0 vote on March 8. The bill has now moved on to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk waiting to be signed into law. Continue reading “New State Legislation”