Monday, August 13, 2012

Delegate Habeeb addresses education and social issues

Habeeb tries to get William and Anna to focus.

(Continued interview with Delegate Greg Habeeb at Greater Griffith Open): Habeeb has pre-filed a bill to again tackle the “King’s Dominion Rule” that would restore local control of school calendars to parents and local school boards. Last year it failed to get out of Senate Education and Health committee on a 6-9 vote. He said it is sure to pass in the House in the 2013 session. “No one in the House who has voted against it has been able to enunciate a really good straight-faced argument for [the law]. “

It depends on the makeup of the Senate Education and Health committee. “I think there are 21 senators who would vote yes if it could get out of committee.” Senator Ralph Smith agreed. “The tourist lobby works very hard against us. I’ll support it one more time.”

Habeeb is attending Governor Bob McDonnell’s K-12 Education Reform Summit on August 15 and wasn’t sure if it would involve more charter school conversation or school choice. Habeeb said there was a significant K-12 funding investment last session but admitted that the funding formula is always a variable. “There were no massive cuts to K-12 money.”

Habeeb said he was very proud of what the House focused on last year when asked if he thought more social issues would distract again this year. “I think from a political standpoint [the Republican House Caucus} let the narrative get away from us.” This year he said there is more of an awareness of the importance of “keeping the narrative on point too.”  The Personhood bill was only meant to address a “wrongful death” of a fetus during a criminal act. That bill passed with bipartisan support.

Del. Greg Habeeb on Uranium Mining

Puttin’ and Politicin’ at the Greater Griffith Open

Posted By Valerie Garner

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