Constitutional amendment; education, state appropriations to private schools. (HJ65)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patrons Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart), and Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first reference); education; state appropriations to private schools. Removes the requirement that private schools be nonsectarian in order to be eligible for appropriation of state funds. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102672D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/15/2022Left in Privileges and Elections


Bill Peabody writes:

What percentage of Catholic school kids are Catholic?
Who cares

Lou Di Leonardo writes:

Let parent's who pay taxes decided where their taxes should be spent for schooling their kids. Public schools are terrible, anything would be better.

Bill Peabody writes:

Let parents of home or private schools have a measly $3000.
My county spend over over $16,500 per

Ian Springer-Woods writes:

And here we have an illustration of the true goal of all of these attacks on public schools: weaken public schools (and, by proxy, community itself) and force taxpayers to pay for religious education (specifically, Christian, of course, since they'll always find a way to exclude other religions).
Virginia's public education system is strong; we're 15th in college readiness. If we let lawsuit-destined bills like this see the light of day, we'll weaken the education system, illegally force citizens, through taxes, to give to religious institutions, throw away millions of dollars on lawsuits to fight it, weaken the bonds that tie our communities together, and encourage indoctrination instead of true education. But then, that seems to be what the GOP wants. I hope this bill is killed immediately and no bill like it ever even makes it to committee.

Ron Quasebarth writes:

Why is religion in the school the state's issue to decide on funding. If you want to send your kid to an Islamic, Catholic or any other religious school, isn't that a parent's decision?

Frederick Costello writes:

Let the money follow the student.

Gregory Bruno writes:

Just wait until this bill requires the state to send funds to what they consider to be "the wrong kind of religious school". This legislation will either be repealed or ignored by those who write the checks.

Dee Martworthy writes:

I have no children and pay the same taxes as every other Virginian. This bill seeks to insert religion into our constitution and is absolutely inappropriate.

The requirement that any private schools are non-sectarian in order to receive state funds must stand.

The separation of church and state is not up for debate, as described in the first amendment of the US Constitution.

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