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Senate Passes Parent Notification Bill

Legislation from Sen. Chap Petersen receives unanimous support.

Legislation requiring school administrators to notify parents whenever a student commits a violation that could result in expulsion passed the state Senate with unanimous support Monday.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-34th District) sponsored the bill (SB 167), which now moves to the House of Delegates for consideration.

"Parents need to know when our children are in serious trouble, and I believe that this bill eventually will bring state law closer to that critical goal," Petersen said in a statement.

Other Northern Virginia lawmakers — Sen. David Marsden (D-37th District) and Dels. Kaye Kory (D-38th District) and Tim Hugo (R-40th District) — introduced similar legislation in response to student suicides parents and community members linked in part to Fairfax County Public Schools' disciplinary process last year.

Petersen's bill incorporates Marsden's version; Kory's and Hugo's proposals never made it to the House floor.

, stood with legislators in Richmond last month for legislation on the matter.

Parental notification was part of a number of changes parent advocates, spurred by Stuban, pressured the school board for last spring. While the board adopted several of those changes, including relying less on involuntary transfers as punishment, it .

Greg Brandon February 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Chap's SB 167 lacks teeth. It does NOTHING to prevent the harsh interrogation methods used to extract either a truth or a lie. Remember two things: 1) The truth could be that the student did not do what s/he is accused of; and 2) The lie could be a false confession made by a kid who will say anything to get out of the interrogation room.
John Farrell February 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM
One of the many things that makes Americans cynical about politics is when pols who claim to support reform introduce a bill that does exactly the opposite. Sen. Chap Petersen’s SB 167 is just that. Claiming to support parental notification of a child’s parents before the child is interrogated by their school principal, Petersen introduced a bill that does absolutely nothing to require notice to parents before questioning. Then, after opponents of parental notification predictably whined about a bill that does nothing, Petersen agrees to amend the bill so that it actually makes things worse for children and families. To compound matters, after the Senate subcommittee approved these amendments, Petersen imperiously refused to disclose the agreed amendments to supporters of parental notification. Despite calls for Petersen to withdraw his bill from Steve Stuban, Fairfax Zero Tolerance Reform and Megan Mclaughlin, Braddock District, School Board, Petersen persists in moving his useless bill forward. No doubt upon his return from the “holy city,” Chap will claim he made progress on parental notification. We can hear him now, “I know it wasn’t enough but it’s a start.” Chap, you’re not helping. You’re making things worse. Please pull your harmful bill.
Skip Endale February 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
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Greg Brandon February 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I'll keep that in mind, Skip. Thanks!

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