This week, House Bill 1419, was heard before the full Education Committee. HB 1419 modifies current Department of Education standards and allows for greater flexibility in the school's schedule and instructor requirements. This flexibility would allow students more unstructured time each day, resulting in increased focus and enhancing their learning experience.
More Recess for Virginians Advocates
Near-Unanimous Support for HB1419
I am happy to report that HB 1419 almost gained unanimous support by the Education committee and is headed to the Hosue Floor. I will have the pleasure to speak to this bill on the House Floor on Monday and hope that it will have continued bipartisan support.
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 has been a pleasure to have support from across the aisle. Delegate John McGuire has signed on as a Chief Co-Patron I am happy to see that the health of our children and their academic successes have been embraced by Virginia House Delegates!
Bringing Attention to the Dangers of Falling:
This week, House Joint Resolution 81 was passed out of the Rules Committee. HJ 81 designates the third full week in September, from 2018 onward, as “Fall Prevention Awareness Week.” Falls persist to be a leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries. In 2014, alone, over 600,000 seniors reported that they experienced a significant fall, 265,000 of which resulted in injuries. Such experiences can severely affect an individual’s independence and quality of life.
Fall Prevention Awareness Week in Virginia will allow coalitions to work their community to increase awareness and promote strategies to reduce fall risk. I am hopeful that state awareness around this risk will bring forth great information which will benefit us all.
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