January 31, 2007
A new bill headed to the House of Delegates hopes to keep parents more informed about their kids' behavior.
The bill would require schools to notify parents if their child is removed from class for two consecutive days for behavior or other problems.
Some lawmakers and lobbyists argue that similar laws already exist for special needs students, but the bill's sponsor Kirkland Cox, says the legislation applies to all students.
The House Committee of Education sent the bill to the floor of the House on a vote of 9-3.
Linda Moore, a parent of two autistic children, said that it's important for parents to know when their child is being sent to a time out room or being removed from the classroom.
Prince William Delegate Jeff Fredrick said that critics of the bill believe it won't help anything, but he says that it won't hurt anything either.