A new bill giving students foreign language credit for taking sign language courses is sitting on Governor Bob McDonnell’s desk awaiting his signature after being approved by wide margins in both the House and the Senate.
It is a good idea that comes from right here in Staunton. Delegate Dickie Bell, a former special education teacher at Riverheads High School, introduced the bill. It is appropriate that the bill comes from here since Staunton is the home of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. VSDB has been an integral part of the Staunton community since 1838. The bill began as an idea of a group of high school students at Loudoun Valley High School and was supported by VSDB.