Twin Legislation Bill for Virginia State sign now

To: Virginia State Senators and Representatives

We, the undersigned, petition the Virginia State Senators and Representatives to pass legislation in the state of Virginia similar to that of Minnesota's "Twin Bill". It was sponsored by Minnesota Senator Dennis Frederickson and signed into law by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty on May 5, 2005 and gives the parents/guardians of multiple birth children the ability to decide whether to separate them into different classrooms. Georgia and Texas recently passed similar legislation and Illinois and the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution that recommends school districts take into account parents requests. We believe that arbitrarily separating all twins and higher order multiples based solely upon their multiplicity and the past practices of The Department of Education is discriminatory and therefore unacceptable. Multiplicity is a birthright and the decision to separate or keep the children together within the classroom should be made on a case-by-case basis, based upon the childrens individual needs.

Renowned twins researchers Dr. Nancy Segal, Dr. John Mascazine and the International Society for Twin Studies as well as support groups like the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs all advocate a flexible classroom placement policy. We also believe that parents/guardians of multiples should have the primary voice in any classroom placement decision made for their children, as they know best their individual psychological, emotional and social needs. With the increase of multiple birth children continuing to rise, this is an issue that will only gain more exposure and validity. We ask that Virginia introduce and pass legislation to reflect these parental rights and be among these early states in protecting equality for multiple birth children and their parents.


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Latest Signatures

  • 09 January 2016450. Todd H
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016449. Victor C
    Proud Father of twins whose children deserve to be placed in classrooms according to their individual needs. Please I urge you to sponsor and enact this much needed legislation!!!
  • 16 December 2015448. Anna Mariam
    parents should be able to decide what is in the best interests of our children. Seperating twins or other multiples in a school environment can be counterproductive.
  • 11 December 2015447. Anne M
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 2015446. Michelle H
    The choice should be made by the parents
  • 23 September 2015445. Tamii Stone
    My twins are not born yet, but its never too early to start thinking about how their lives are going to be so different from a singleton. It would be nice to have a choice when my children are old enough to go to school.
  • 15 September 2015444. Julie S
    it should be up to the parents or the desire of the students at later age
  • 11 September 2015443. Jennifer Lf
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  • 05 September 2015442. Joye Z
    I support this petition
  • 31 August 2015441. Ap C
    I support this petition
  • 24 August 2015440. Karen A
    I support this petition
  • 21 August 2015439. Alexandra R
    Please leave this decision to parents.
  • 20 August 2015438. Virginia Hb
    please
  • 07 August 2015437. Susan W
    This law is very necessary!
  • 09 July 2015436. Kimberly R
    I support this petition
  • 04 July 2015435. Julia R
    I support this petition
  • 24 June 2015434. Eva L
    mother of twins, one has qualified for special services through the school, other does not. They will not allow the reverse mainstream twin in the program...therefore, denying my twin services!!
  • 16 June 2015433. Dale T
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  • 22 April 2015426. D W
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  • 20 April 2015425. Michelle A
    I have triplets & want them together. Its a major hardship to try & get to 3 seperate classes for events.
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Roseann McguireBy:
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Virginia State Senators and Representatives

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