The Virginia Senate has passed a series of bills to delay or weaken some of the controversial education accountability measures that were enacted in recent years.
One addresses the policy of grading schools using an A through F system that aimed to make school performance more understandable to parents.
Other bills would modify the rules governing when schools would be transferred to oversight of the newlycreated Opportunity Educational Institute and cut the number of Standards of Learning assessments.
Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will be able to talk to family members and friends while they await trial—as long as they don’t discuss any substantive material related to their indictment on federal corruption charges.
That’s the ruling of U.S. District Magistrate Judge David Novak, who also said the former first couple will be allowed to discuss the case with each other. Federal prosecutors agreed—although they initially had wanted to allow contacts only with family members.
Virginia is moving closer to implementing changes to its mental health system under legislation that has advanced in the General Assembly.
The state Senate approved two bills to help clarify how long a person can be held for treatment under a temporary detention order … and to prevent someone who’s thought to be a danger to himself or others from possessing a gun.
Critics of current law argue that it doesn’t authorize enough time to diagnose and begin treating temporarily detained patients in crisis.
A coalition of faith-based groups says its members have been betrayed by Attorney General Mark Herring, who they say has gone against the will of the people by fighting to overturn Virginia's gay marriage ban approved by voters just eight years ago.
The groups want Herring to be impeached, step down, or assign a special attorney to represent the state in the related court case.