Virginia lawmakers debate bill on getting kids back in the classroom

“I think it’s more important than really anything,” said Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach). “We know that our children learn better in the classroom.” “I think this legislation is needed because we’ve seen so many changes with the virus over the past year.” Read the full article

Northam introduces first-ever statewide plan for advancing diversity, inclusion

The plan is being codified by the General Assembly through previously-passed legislation. House Bill 1993 — sponsored by Delegates Alex Askew, D-Virginia Beach, and Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond — requires state agencies to establish and maintain diversity, equity and inclusion plans in coordination with the Governor’s Chief Diversity Officer. Read the full article