School boards; policies for classroom placement of twins or higher order multiples. (HB722)

Introduced By

Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patron Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local school board policies; classroom placement of twins or higher order multiples. Requires local school boards to develop and implement policies to allow a parent of twins or higher order multiples to request that the children be placed in the same classroom or separate classrooms if they are in the same grade level at the same elementary school. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083318716
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Education
01/16/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB722)
02/12/2008Left in Education


Brookie Crawford writes:

As a mother of twins, I strongly support this bill. Parents know their children best and should have a say in whether or not they are separated in school.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

As a twin whose parents had to deal with this as a child, I think it is broadly a good idea for schools to be as flexible as they're able to be on this matter. My brother and I never had a class together, which was definitely best, but it took a whole lot of legwork on my parents' part. This was 25-15 years ago, but I suspect that the process hasn't been much improved since then.

Carla Crump writes:

As a mother of twins, I support this bill. We have been blessed with a school system that listens to parents and works with them regarding this but many of my friends have not been as fortunate. I once heard an adult twin comment: Those babies were in your belly together for 9 months. They were meant to be together! Who are you to separate them?

A separate education is inherently unequal!

Teresa Carver writes:

It's a sad state we live in when a parent's decision regarding their own children could be ignored. The parents of multiples, who care, know their children better than any teacher, principal or school board. Respect the parent's decisions!!!
I support this bill!!

Melinda Bastiaensen writes:

Being a mother of twins, I am a true believer that twins should stay together until they are ready to be separated. I support Bill Number 722. One rule does not work for all, and parents should have a say in the placement of their children. They should not be punished because they are a twin…

James McGuffin writes:

It continues to amaze me when politicians involve themselves in issues that are none of their business. This decision should rest with the parents after advice from school officials if solicited.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

That's precisely what this bill proposes to accomplish, James.

Lynn L Fenderson writes:

As a mother of grown twin daughters, there were definitely certain years when I SHOULD HAVE been the one to either separate them or deliberately put them together in class. I knew their personalities better than anyone else; I knew the teachers, too. I strongly support this bill for the current and future generation(s)!!

Maureen Hartley writes:

As a mother of twins, I find it hard to believe that the school systems have blanket policies on how to handle twins. They have enough to do without making more work for themselves by making decisions that are not always in the best interest of the children they are trying to educate. The parents know their children best, and are best able to make this call. I fully support this bill.