Recommended and Non-Recommended Program
LWV-VA Board-Recommended Programs for Study 2021-2023
Recording from Caucus held May 18, 2021 can be found here.
The COVID-19 epidemic shined a strong spotlight on the inadequate nature of our state’s child care system with hundreds of private facilities unable to remain open. Women are leaving the workforce in record numbers, and counties are left to figure out on their own how to offer emergency child care to residents who need it.
First, articulate quantitatively and qualitatively a definition of a high-quality education. This definition needs updating in the LWV-VA positions as education has changed rapidly in regard to technology, broadband, special needs, etc. Second, determine the cost of providing that defined high-quality of education to all students in the Commonwealth’s school divisions. Does the state provide local school divisions sufficient funds to ensure that “educational programs of high quality” are available to all students? This will require an in-depth analysis of the capacity of each local school division to determine how costs should be apportioned between the state and the localities to compensate for vast differences in local capacity. The goal is to assure equity for all students. Third, document how Virginia’s capacity and effort to provide high-quality education compare to other states’ funding for K-12 education. This will also include studying how other states fund school construction and modernization. In Virginia, this is the responsibility of each locality, resulting in wide discrepancies in the quality of school buildings and educational technology statewide.
The EPA defines “environmental justice” as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
This study will review how Virginia can best implement environmental justice to promote fairness and halt and prevent future racial and economic inequities.
Money in Politics
The analysis and proposed positions developed by this Money in Politics Study will cover the full scope of financing from a donation through its expenditure including:
■ public disclosure of the donor,
■ transparency in actual use of funds before and after the election,
■ limits on personal use, and
■ Virginia executive branch structure to conduct effective oversight and enforcement.
Not Board-recommended programs for study:
- Voting: restoration of Rights
- Behavioral Health/Criminal Justice: Need to ensure that a social worker, /or behavioral health professional be included in any law enforcement response to an adult domestic violence, adult justice or juvenile justice call or that appropriate training on the above topics are required of police officers.
- Education/Broadband: Ensuring that there is equal access to online learning platforms is important to providing all students with equal educational opportunities.
- Environment: Plastic Recycling Policy in Virginia
- Government: Delegation of Power
- Health: Emergency Preparedness
- Redistricting: update
- Women’s Rights: Address paid family leave, equality of wages, and limited legal rights of unmarried life partners. Incorporate updates women rights legislation passed since it was last reviewed.