JustChildren Local & Statewide Advocacy

JustChildren’s attorneys and organizers also seek local and statewide reforms to improve the systems that our children depend on. Through coalition building, policy advocacy, and litigation, we make lasting improvements for all children in Virginia.

Our most recent accomplishments include:
• Won unanimous passage of legislation rolling back zero tolerance laws and reducing criminalization of minor school-based misconduct. Secured gubernatorial budget amendment adding $617,000 for statewide training and competitive grants to high suspending schools in the use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.

• Increased regulatory protection against the use of restraint, seclusion, and other harmful techniques against students with disabilities served by private schools.

• Successfully advocated for changes to Virginia’s application for No Child Left Behind waivers, arguing that Virginia’s initial application would lock in existing achievement gaps among at-risk populations for years to come.



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