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- While Oklahoma lawmakers are looking to prohibit teachers from going on strike, a bill in Virginia seeks to do the opposite. The legislature, which began its session on Jan. 9, will consider a measure that would repeal current law, which bans government employees in the state from striking.
- In his budget proposal, Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, allocated $36 million to hiring school counselors and $39 million for school safety, noting an increase in violent incidents and suicides. Northam has also proposed teacher pay increases, which the legislature would have to approve.
- House Joint Resolution 684 proposes a code of ethics and professional responsibility, which, among other provisions, would forbid teachers from advocating for a particular politician or policy and prevent “political or ideological indoctrination.”
- Collective bargaining and whether schools should start before Labor Day will also likely reach lawmakers for debate.