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New Virginia laws seek to close ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

Posted at 7:41 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 19:41:51-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The near future of in-person schooling is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Virginia students will return to a system where several penalties for misbehavior have been taken off the table.

Two new laws seek to stop criminal punishments in elementary, middle and secondary schools.

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, sponsored two measures that passed the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year.

The bills went into effect in July but have not yet been widely implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.