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 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.
Delegate Landes patroned House Bill 2342, which would have allowed the establishment of regional charter school divisions, providing an option for parents in areas where struggling schools exist. He also introduced House Bills 2191, which would have required school boards to establish procedures for handling challenged controversial instructional materials to include procedures for annually notifying parents of any student enrolled in a course in which may include sexually explicit content and providing nonexplicit instructional materials as a replacement to any student whose parent so requests.