Delegate Landes believes every child in Virginia, regardless of his or her ZIP Code, deserves access to a high-quality education. As Chairman of the Education Committee, he supports reforms to improve and reduce Virginia’s Standard of Learning (SOL) tests and give schools more flexibility in the accreditation process. The House of Delegates invested over $800 million in new funding in K-12 education in the biennial budget.
In the 2018 General Assembly session, Delegate Landes sponsored a number of education bills that have been signed into law. He sponsored House Bill 1125 to address Virginia’s growing teacher shortage. He also sponsored House Bill 3, which ensures dual enrollment courses students take in high school transfer for credit to state universities as long as they meet a quality standard; and House Bill 347, which requires the data that the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia annually collects and publishes on the percentage of graduates of public institutions of higher education and certain nonprofit private institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth who are known to be employed in the Commonwealth and the average salary and the average higher education-related debt for such graduates to be disaggregated by degree program and level.
In the 2017 General Assembly session, Delegate Landes introduced several bills relating to education policy that became law. House Bill 1401, prohibits public institutions of higher education from abridging the freedom of any individual, including enrolled students, faculty and other employees, and invited guests, to speak on campus, except as otherwise permitted by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; House Bill 1402, which requires each chairman or vice-chairman, rector or vice-rector of the governing board of a public institution of higher education to be a resident of the Commonwealth; and House Bill 2341, which requires private sector business and industry representation in the Commonwealth's Board of Education.