Today I defended two bills, House Bill 109 and House Bill 1419, which would strengthen our educational system and ensure that our children are provided with a learning environment where they can thrive.
House Bill 109 would require the three remaining localities that have not implemented full-day kindergarten for all students to develop a plan to fund and phase in full-day kindergarten for each student in the school division and submit it to the General Assembly before the 2019 regular session.
Unfortunately, this bill failed to report out of subcommittee. But I am hopeful that it will be supported in the years to come.
House Bill 1419 modifies the current Department of Education standards and allows for greater flexibility in the school's schedule and instructor requirements. This flexibility would allow students up to twenty more minutes of unstructured time a day, allowing students to increase focus and enhance their learning experience. I am proud to say that this bill was referred to full committee with unanimous support.
Advocates Raising Hands in Support Of HB 1419
Thank you to More Recess for Virginians, Virginia PTA, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, VOICES for Virginia's Children and many others for supporting House Bill 1419 and advocating for children.
It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to present these solutions to my colleagues at the General Assembly and to advocate for our children. I hope that our momentum continues and that we secure more recess for our youth.