SB 281 Cultural diversity policies for local schools, etc.
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Summary as introduced:
Cultural diversity policies for local school boards and institutions of higher education. Requires the Board of Education, local school boards, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and the Board for Community Colleges to promote racial, ethnic and cultural diversity and the knowledge and appreciation of other cultures in the public schools and institutions of higher education. The Board of Education and the State Council for Higher Education must establish guidelines for cultural diversity policies to assist local school boards and institutions of higher education in implementing such policies. In view of the growing number of immigrants in Virginia and the country, and given the current national security crisis concerning terrorism, cultural diversity policies instituted by local school boards and colleges and universities should be designed to (i) prepare students to live and participate effectively in a global community and an increasingly pluralistic society; (ii) facilitate racial harmony and tolerance; (iii) reduce barriers among individuals of different races and cultures through meaningful interaction; (iv) improve campus climate, student retention and the academic performance of students; (v) contribute to the robust exchange of ideas; (vi) reinforce the principle of the worth and value of all human beings; and (vi) increase the representation of minority persons in positions in which they have been traditionally underrepresented. The Board of Education and the State Council of Higher Education are also required to identify best practices, within and without Virginia, that effectively promote cultural diversity and the knowledge and appreciation of other cultures. The State Council of Higher Education's authority to provide advisory services regarding specific matters to certain private, accredited and nonprofit institutions of higher education has been broadened to include advisory services concerning cultural diversity policies. This bill is a recommendation of the Commission on Access and Diversity in Higher Education.

Full text:
01/09/02  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/02 021850460  pdf

Status:
01/09/02  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/02 021850460
01/09/02  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/02  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (8-Y 6-N)
01/25/02  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/25/02  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
01/28/02  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/29/02  Senate: Read third time and defeated by Senate (19-Y 20-N)
01/29/02  Senate: VOTE: DEFEATED (19-Y 20-N)