State Government Issues
ODACS Legislative Update, 2017 Session
Following is a summary of some bills that ODACS is following during the 2017 session.
SB 1239 - Restructuring of Virginia's Child Care Licensure Exemption Code
SB 1239 overhauls the current list of child care licensure exemptions in Virginia Code. Among the changes is a new list that defines certain kinds of child care as not being child day centers; included in this new list are church ministries such as Sunday school and church nurseries. The bill also includes several changes for Religious Exempt daycares. ODACS has spent much time negotiating the details of these changes and trying to ensure that the bill does not give DSS any new regulatory authority over our ministries.
ODACS Supports SB 1239, but also requests amendments as the bill moves to Conference.
Sample Letter to Legislator, Supporting ODACS Amendments
HB 1568 and SB 897 place new background check requirements on Religious Exempt daycares, as a condition for receipt of federal funding by other daycares, despite the fact that our daycares have no desire to receive federal funding. The pretext for such executive and bureaucratic overreach is child safety, even though no safety problem has been identified in Religious Exempt Centers. ODACS contends that Relgious Exempt daycare centers are the safest in Virginia.
ODACS Opposes HB 1568 and SB 897.
2015 Session - School Choice
SB 905 - New Requirement for the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit
SB 905 would have given the Board of Education authority to approve any achievement test used by a non-accredited private school to demonstrate the success of students benefiting from the program. ODACS OPPOSED
Friedman Foundation Pamphlet - The ABCs of School Choice
Graduation Requirements, Definition of High School Credit, and Other State Standards
While private schools in Virginia are not legally bound to the same graduation requirements as public schools, Christian schools should be aware of changes in state requirements and understand how their own requirements compare. AACS accredited schools must meet the state's graduation requirements. Use the following links to learn more.
(Note: You may contact either ODACS or VDH to obtain the password for the reporting website.)