April 4, 2014
Governor Terry McAuliffe took action on two bills on Friday.
First, the governor vetoed Senate Bill 236, originally proposed by Senator Bill Carrico. The bill would have codified students' rights to religious expression in public schools.
In his veto statement, Gov. McAuliffe said he doesn't think the bill is necessary, because student religious freedom is already protected by school divisions. McAuliffe says the bill would only lead to complications.
The governor signed House Bill 930, which reforms Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. The bill will allow a limit of 17 SOL tests from grades 3 to 8, track student performance, and give teachers more freedom in the classroom.
Gov. McAuliffe said SOL reform has been one of his top priorities since he was campaigning for governor.