Investing in Student Safety and Success: The Growing Importance of Effective Staffing in Virginia Schools
This report from the Legal Aid Justice Center and The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
details the decreases in K-12 school staffing and increases in student enrollment that have left school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and nurses with increased caseloads and administrative responsibilities and less time for direct student support. These positions play essential roles in meeting student mental health needs, keeping all students safe and engaged, and helping students achieve academic and career success.
Protecting Childhood: A Blueprint for Developmentally Appropriate School Policing in Virginia
This Legal Aid Justice Center report describes the problems with school policing in Virginia and then provides recommendations for reforms. The appendices include tools for lawmakers and policymakers, such as a model Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that school divisions and law enforcement agencies can use to incorporate best practices.
Virginia’s Eroding Standards of Quality
This report from The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
sheds light on the support staff crisis in Virginia’s PreK-12 schools. Since 2009, Virginia has under-funded school support positions across the state by about $378 million annually. These positions include professional staff who help to care for the physical and mental health of students.