The following are THREE items recommended to you for consideration. PTA Members will be asked to VOTE on these items as part of the 2017 Proposed Legislation Program (PLP). If you have any questions about these items, the rationale or history, please do not hesitate to contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ITEMS (LAI’s) are requests for the introduction, passage, or defeat of specific legislation by the General Assembly and/or regulations by the Board of Education or other appropriate agencies.
POLICY/POSITION STATEMENTS (PS): Statements of Virginia PTA on general issues and may be used as the basis for addressing issues before the General Assembly, Virginia Board of Education or other appropriate agencies.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ITEM #1: Virginia PTA seeks legislation that would allow local governments to adopt ordinances to prohibit or regulate firearms retailers within designated Gun Free School zones. Rationale: Currently, localities have limited ability to adopt zoning ordinances that would prohibit certain retailers (including firearms retailers) within designated school zones. This action item would empower local PTA’s to advocate for legislation that would return zoning ordinance authority to localities.
POSITION STATEMENT #1: Virginia PTA supports the establishment of guidelines for alternatives to short-term and long-term suspensions. Rationale: Short and long-term suspensions remove students from classrooms and further hinder their academic progress. This position seeks to support establishment of guidelines and alternatives to suspension. These alternatives would empower schools to create programs that allow for discipline without hindering academic progress.
POSITION STATEMENT #2: Virginia PTA supports sensible juvenile justice reforms. Rationale: Virginia’s juvenile justice system is out of line with national best practices. Juveniles in poverty suffer higher rates of commitment than other groups. This position would encourage PTA’s to advocate for sensible sentencing reforms that might reduce juvenile justice spending and recidivism while encouraging rehabilitation and continuity in education.