Loudoun Now • January 31, 2018
By Renss Greene
Loudoun’s legislators in the General Assembly this year include a lot of freshmen, but for the most part that hasn’t slowed them down filing bills.
The delegation is pushing bills in the Senate and a newly rebalanced House of Delegates ranging from local problems like tolls on the Dulles Greenway and rural broadband access to statewide issues like redistricting and net neutrality.
Every Democrat representing Loudoun in the House of Delegates got behind a bill that would require the three school systems that do not offer universal full-day kindergarten to adopt and implement a plan to phase it in. Loudoun, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake are the three remaining school districts in the state that do not provide a full school day to every kindergartener.
Loudoun’s elementary schools have expanded their full-day kindergarten offerings each year. By this fall, assuming the School Board adopts the budget drafted by Superintendent Eric Williams, 93 percent of Loudoun kindergarteners will attend a full day. Williams has said reaching that 100 percent threshold will take additional money to build three-classroom additions at the four elementary schools that will still not have the program, which all sit in the fastest growing part of the county.