Recommended and Non-Recommended Program
LWV-VA Board-Recommended Programs for Study 2021-2023
- Child Care:
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.
- Education Equity:
First, to describe quantitatively and qualitatively the definition of a high quality education. Collaterally, to define and articulate the Commonwealth’s responsibility and commitment to ensure that high quality education is available to all students in all of the school divisions in Virginia. Second, to determine the cost of providing a high quality of education to all students in all school divisions in the Commonwealth and the extent to which the Commonwealth provides that level of support (Adequacy). This will include a review of how Virginia compares with other states in funding K12 education and Virginia’s capacity and effort compared to other states.
- Environmental Justice
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.