Cumulative Summary of 2020 Education Bills
February 6, 2020

Buses/Buildings/Safety

HB 40 Public schools; mental health break spaces, regulations.

Introduced by: Ibraheem S. Samirah

Summary As Introduced

Board of Education; mental health break spaces; regulations. Requires the Board of Education to amend its regulations to require that each public school create and maintain a mental health break space within the public school building. The bill requires the Board of Education to collaborate with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in the creation of regulations for the mental health break spaces.

Full Text

11/19/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100340D  pdf

History

11/19/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100340D

01/27/20  House: Continued to 2021 in Education by voice vote

HB 318 Ammunition for a firearm on school property; Class 1 misdemeanor for possession, penalty.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory  

Summary As Introduced

Possession of ammunition on school property; penalty. Provides that a person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if he knowingly possesses ammunition for a firearm upon (i) the property of any public, private, or religious elementary, middle, or high school, including buildings and grounds; (ii) that portion of any property open to the public and then exclusively used for school-sponsored functions or extracurricular activities while such functions or activities are taking place; or (iii) any school bus owned or operated by any such school.

Full Text

12/31/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100163D  pdf | impact statement

HISTORY

12/31/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100163D

12/31/19  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety

HB 351 School bus drivers; critical shortages.

Introduced by: Robert B. Bell

Summary As Introduced

School bus drivers; critical shortages. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the assistance of each school board or division superintendent, to survey each local school division to identify critical shortages of school bus drivers by geographic area and local school division and to report any such critical shortage to each local school division and to the Virginia Retirement System. The bill permits any school bus driver in any geographic area or school division in which a critical shortage of school bus drivers has been so identified to elect to continue to receive a service retirement allowance if the driver meets certain other conditions.

FULL TEXT

01/01/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102301D  pdf

History

01/01/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102301D

02/03/20  House: Reported from Appropriations (18-Y 0-N)

HB 387 Handheld personal communications devices; use in school zones and school property, penalty.

Introduced by: James E. Edmunds, II

Summary As Introduced

Use of handheld personal communications devices; school zones and school property; penalty. Adds school crossing zones and school property to the locations in which a driver is prohibited from holding a handheld personal communications device in his hand while driving a motor vehicle, with certain exceptions. The bill provides that a violation is punishable by a mandatory fine of $250. Current law prohibits (i) the reading of an email or text message on the device and manually entering letters or text in the device as a means of communicating and (ii) the holding of a handheld personal communication device in a highway work zone, with the same exceptions.

Full Text

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101337D  pdf

History

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101337D

01/27/20  House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB874-Bourne) by voice vote

HB 710 Public school buses; decals displaying "In God We Trust."

Introduced by: Nick Rush (by request)

Summary As Introduced

Public school buses; decals; "In God We Trust." Permits local school boards, notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, to display decals containing the motto "In God We Trust" on public school buses, provided that no such decal obstructs the name of the school division or the number of the school bus.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102636D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102636D

01/29/20  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 3-N)

SB 4 Public School Assistance Fund and Program; created.

Introduced by: William M. Stanley, Jr.

Summary As Introduced

Public School Assistance Fund and Program created. Creates the Public School Assistance Fund and Program, to be administered by the Department of Education, for the purpose of providing grants to school boards to be used solely for the purpose of repairing or replacing the roofs of public elementary and secondary school buildings in the local school division. The bill permits any school board in the Commonwealth to apply for Program grants but requires the Department of Education to give priority in the award of grants to school boards that demonstrate the greatest need based on the condition of existing school building roofs and the ability to pay for the repair or replacement of such roofs.

Full Text

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100382D  pdf

History

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100382D

02/04/20  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (15-Y 0-N)

SB 5 Board of Education; uniform minimum standards modern; public school buildings.

Introduced by: William M. Stanley, Jr.

Summary As Introduced

Board of Education; uniform minimum standards for modern public school buildings. Requires the Board of Education to prescribe by regulation uniform minimum standards for the erection of modern public school buildings and the modernization of existing public school buildings for the purpose of promoting positive educational outcomes for each public elementary and secondary school student. The bill requires such regulations to include uniform minimum modern public school building standards that promote (i) the delivery of instruction that complies with the Standards of Learning by addressing enrollment capacity and available space and (ii) the health and safety of each enrolled student. The bill requires each school board to annually (a) assess and report to the Board the extent to which each public school building in the local school division complies with such uniform minimum standards and (b) submit to the Board a long-range plan for compliance with such uniform minimum standards, including an assessment of the cost of such compliance, in any case in which the school board determines that a public school building in the local school division does not comply with such standards.

FULL TEXT

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100391D  pdf

History

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100391D

02/04/20  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendments (15-Y 0-N)

SB 173 Stun weapons; prohibits possession on school property, exempts holder of concealed handgun permit.

Introduced by: Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.

Summary As Introduced

Prohibition on possession of stun weapon on school property; exemption for holder of concealed handgun permit. Allows the holder of a valid concealed handgun permit to possess a stun weapon on school property while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school.

Full Text

12/20/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101379D  pdf

History

12/20/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101379D

01/28/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB 232 Menstrual supplies; certain school buildings.

Introduced by: Jennifer B. Boysko

Summary As Introduced

Menstrual supplies; certain school buildings. Requires each school board to make tampons and pads available at all times and at no cost to students in the bathrooms of each public school at which any student in grades five through 12 is enrolled and at which at least 40 percent of enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Full Text

01/02/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102670D   pdf

History

01/02/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102670D

01/21/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB 324 School bus drivers; critical shortages.

Introduced by: R. Creigh Deeds

Summary As Introduced

School bus drivers; critical shortages. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the assistance of each school board or division superintendent, to survey each local school division to identify critical shortages of school bus drivers by geographic area and local school division and to report any such critical shortage to each local school division and to the Virginia Retirement System.

Full Text

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104144D  pdf

History

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104144D

02/04/20  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N)

SB 888 School Construction and Modernization, Commission on; established, report.

Introduced by: Jennifer L. McClellan

Summary As Introduced

Commission on School Construction and Modernization established; report. Establishes the Commission on School Construction and Modernization for the purpose of providing guidance and resources to local school divisions related to school construction and modernization and making funding recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor. The bill has a sunset date of July 1, 2026, with a provision that if the Commission does not receive funding in the appropriation act after its first year, it will sunset on July 1 of the following year.

Full Text

01/08/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103055D  pdf

History

01/08/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103055D

02/05/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SJ 77 Public schools; Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety to study firearm safety education.

Introduced by: Thomas K. Norment, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary As Introduced

Study; Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety; firearm safety education in the Commonwealth's public schools; report. Requests the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety, in collaboration with the Department of Education, to study, develop, and recommend best practices for firearm safety education in the Commonwealth's public schools.

Full Text

01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20106031D  pdf

History

01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20106031D

02/05/20  Senate: Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote

Conduct and Discipline

SB 237 School attendance officers; petitions for violation of a school attendance order.

Introduced by: George L. Barker

Summary As Introduced

School attendance officers; petitions for violation of a school attendance order. Provides that an attendance officer, or a division superintendent or his designee when acting as an attendance officer, may complete, sign, and file a petition for a violation of a school attendance order in response to the filing of a petition alleging the pupil is a child in need of supervision with the intake officer of the juvenile and domestic relations district court on a form approved by the Virginia Supreme Court.

Full Text

01/02/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101798D  pdf

History

01/02/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101798D
02/04/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N

HB 8 Disorderly conduct in public places; school activities.

Introduced by: Jeffrey M. Bourne

Summary As Introduced

Disorderly conduct in public places; school activities. Eliminates the Class 1 misdemeanor for disrupting willfully or while intoxicated, whether willfully or not, the operation of any school or any school activity conducted or sponsored by any school if the disruption (i) prevents or interferes with the orderly conduct of the operation or activity or (ii) has a direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person or persons at whom, individually, the disruption is directed.

Full Text

11/18/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100560D  pdf

History

11/18/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100560D

01/27/20  House: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB256-Mullin) by voice vote

HB 109 Public elementary and secondary school students; suspension and expulsion, sufficient cause.

Introduced by: Joshua G. Cole (Elect)

Summary As Introduced

Public elementary and secondary school students; suspension and expulsion; sufficient cause. Provides that in no case shall sufficient cause for the suspension or expulsion of a student from attendance at a public elementary or secondary school include only instances of truancy or nonviolent behavior. Current law provides that in no cases may sufficient cause for suspensions include only instances of truancy.

Full Text

12/13/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101457D  pdf

History

12/13/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101457D
01/29/20  House: Continued to 2021 in Education by voice vote

HB 256 Disorderly conduct; students.

Introduced by: Michael P. Mullin

Summary As Introduced

Disorderly conduct; students. Provides that a student at any elementary or secondary school is not guilty of disorderly conduct in a public place if the disorderly conduct occurred on school property or a school bus.

Full Text

 12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100028D  pdf

History

12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100028D
01/31/20  House: VOTE: Passage (61-Y 37-N)

HB 257 School principals; incident reports.

Introduced by: Michael P. Mullin

Summary As Introduced

School principals; incident reports. Eliminates the requirement that school principals report certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense to law enforcement.

Full Text

12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102602D  pdf

History

12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102602D
02/04/20  House: Read third time and passed House (81-Y 15-N)

HB 695 Reports of certain acts to school authorities; exclusion possession of certain amount of marijuana.

Introduced by: Shelly A. Simonds

Summary As Introduced

Reports of certain acts to school authorities; exclusion; possession of certain amount of marijuana. Excludes from the incident reports required to be made to division superintendents and principals or their designees incidents involving the possession, for personal use and without the indicia of an intent to distribute, of less than one-quarter of one ounce of marijuana on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104088D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104088D
01/29/20  House: Incorporated by Education (HB257-Mullin) by voice votecation

SB 44 Public elementary and secondary school students; use of topical sunscreen, etc.

Introduced by: Lionell Spruill, Sr.

Summary As Introduced

Public elementary and secondary school students; topical sunscreen. Permits any public elementary or secondary school student to possess and use topical sunscreen in its original packaging on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored event without a note or prescription from a licensed health care professional if the topical sunscreen is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for nonprescription use for the purpose of limiting damage to skin caused by exposure to ultraviolet light.

Full Text

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100244D  pdf

History

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100244D
01/14/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N

SB 59 Juvenile law-enforcement records; disclosures to school principals.

Introduced by: Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.

Summary As Introduced

Juvenile law-enforcement records; disclosures to school principals. Changes from discretionary to mandatory that the chief of police of a city or chief of police or sheriff of a county disclose to a school principal all instances where a juvenile at the principal's school is a suspect in or has been charged with a violent juvenile felony, an arson offense, or a concealed weapon offense and adds an offense that requires a juvenile intake officer to make a report with the school division superintendent to the list of such instances that must be disclosed to a school principal for the protection of the juvenile, his fellow students, and school personnel.

Full Text

11/19/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100294D  pdf

History

11/19/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100294D
02/04/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB 71 Firearms; possession on school property.

Introduced by: L. Louise Lucas

Summary As Introduced

Firearms on school property. Adds public, private, or religious preschools and child day centers that are not operated at the residence of the provider or of any of the children to the list of schools where possessing a firearm on school property or on a school bus is prohibited. Under current law, the list of such schools only includes public, private, or religious elementary, middle, or high schools.

Full Text

11/22/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101206D  pdf

History

11/22/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101206D
11/22/19  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

SB 729 School principals; incident reports.

Introduced by: Jennifer L. McClellan

Summary As Introduced

School principals; incident reports. Eliminates the requirement that school principals report certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense to law enforcement.

Full Text

01/07/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102123D  pdf

History

01/07/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102123D
02/06/20  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (10-Y 3-N 1-A)

SB 1020 Public schools; alternative accountability process.

Introduced by: William M. Stanley, Jr.

Summary As Introduced

Public schools; alternative accountability process. Allows a school board to adopt an alternative accountability process to provide a principal and parties involved in an incident involving assault, or assault and battery without bodily injury, that occurs on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored event an option to enter into a mutually agreed-upon process between the involved parties as an alternative to reporting such incident to law enforcement. The bill provides that a principal in a school division with such an alternative accountability process may attempt to engage the parties involved in such an incident in the process prior to reporting such incident to the local law-enforcement agency and prohibits, if provided for by the school board, a principal from reporting a party who successfully completes the alternative accountability process.

Full Text

01/16/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20104517D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/16/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20104517D
02/06/20  Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A)

Finance/Purchasing/Food Service

HB 697 School meals; adoption of policies.

Introduced by: Danica A. Roem

Summary as Introduced

School meal policies. Requires each local school board to adopt policies that prohibit school board employees from requiring a student who cannot pay for a meal at school or who owes a school meal debt to throw away or discard a meal after it has been served to him.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100887D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100887D
02/03/20  House: Reported from Education (17-Y 1-N)

HB 698 School boards; distribution of excess food.

Introduced by: Danica A. Roem

Summary as Introduced

School boards; distribution of excess food. Allows public school boards to distribute excess food to low-income students eligible for the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or to low-income students that the school board determines are otherwise eligible to receive excess food.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100879D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100879D
02/03/20  House: Reported from Education with amendments (22-Y 0-N)

HB 701 School boards; school meal policies, parental notification and opt-out.

Introduced by: Danica A. Roem

Summary as Introduced

School boards; school meal policies; parental notification and opt-out. Requires each school board to adopt policies that (i) require each elementary and secondary school in the school division to send to the parents of each student by the end of the first week of the school year notice of the consequences of school meal debt and the school board policy and procedure relating to such debt, including any requirement that such student be served an alternative meal or be required to dispose of meals served to him while such debt remains unpaid; (ii) require any elementary or secondary school in the school division to resend such notice to the parents of any student who accrues a school meal debt before the consequences of such debt go into effect; and (iii) require the parents of any student who do not want their child to be served a school meal to submit a written request to the student's school.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104148D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104148D
01/29/20  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 6-N)

HB 703 School meal debt; donations.

Introduced by: Danica A. Roem

Summary as Introduced

School meal debt; donations. Permits any school board to solicit and receive any donation or other funds for the purpose of eliminating or offsetting any school meal debt at any time during the school year and requires each school board to use any such funds solely for such purpose, provided, however, that no such funds are obtained in an illegal or illicit manner. The bill provides that if a school board receives a donation that does not entirely eliminate or offset the total school meal debt at any time during the school year, the school board shall distribute the donation proportionately among each school meal debt.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104003D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104003D
02/03/20  House: Reported from Education with amendments (22-Y 0-N)

HB 1426 School boards; school meals, availability to students.

Introduced by: Danica A. Roem

Summary as Introduced

School boards; school meals; availability to students. Requires each school board to require each public elementary and secondary school in the local school division to participate in the federal National School Lunch Program and the federal School Breakfast Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and to make meals available pursuant to such programs to any student who requests such a meal, regardless of such student's family income or whether such student has the money to pay for the meal or owes money for meals previously provided, unless the student's parent has provided written permission to the school board to withhold such a meal from the student.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102508D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102508D
02/05/20  House: Reported from Appropriations with amendment (21-Y 0-N)

HB 1031 Regional alternative education programs; funding.

Introduced by: Les R. Adams

Summary as Introduced

Regional alternative education programs; funding. Requires the funding transferred from the Department of Education to the relevant school divisions in support of a regional alternative education program to be based on each such school division's need for the current school year. Under current law, such funding is transferred based on data accumulated during the prior school year.

Full Text

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103015D  pdf

History

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103015D
01/27/20  House: Continued to 2021 in Appropriations by voice vote

HB 1633 Education, Board of; school modernization loan interest rate subsidy payments, eligibility.

Introduced by: James E. Edmunds, II

Summary as Introduced

Board of Education; school modernization loan interest rate subsidy payments; eligibility. Requires the Board of Education to establish a program to use Literary Fund proceeds to subsidize interest payments on certain loans made by the Virginia Public School Authority to local governing bodies and school boards for the design and construction of new school buildings and facilities or the modernization and maintenance of existing school buildings and facilities as follows: for school divisions in localities determined to have above-average or high fiscal stress by the Commission on Local Government in its most recent version of such report, the Board shall subsidize up to 100 percent of the interest due on such loan. Under current law, eligibility for such interest rate subsidy payment is based on the local composite index of ability to pay.

Full Text

01/16/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20104506D  pdf

History

01/16/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 2010450
02/03/20  House: Reported from Appropriations (18-Y 0-N)

SB 299 Potable water; purified water bottle filling station.

Introduced by: William M. Stanley, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes

Summary as Introduced

Potable water; purified water bottle filling station. Requires each local school board to install at least one purified water bottle filling station in every public school in the local school division. The bill requires that each purified water bottle filling station (i) dispense filtered, clean drinking water; (ii) be regularly cleaned and maintained; and (iii) be accompanied by a cup dispenser if there is no drinking fountain on the same floor and wing as the water bottle filling station.

Full Text

01/05/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100387D  pdf

History

01/05/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100387D
01/23/20  Senate: Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)

HJ 20 Composite index of local ability to pay; JLARC to study feasibility of adjusting, etc.

Introduced by: Mark L. Cole

Summary as Introduced

Study; JLARC; feasibility of adjusting the composite index of local ability to pay and expanding access to the cost of competing adjustment; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the feasibility of adjusting the composite index of local ability to pay and expanding access to the cost of competing adjustment by (i) reviewing current statutory, constitutional, and budgetary provisions governing the calculation of Standards of Quality costs and funding; (ii) examining the components of the composite index of local ability to pay and the cost of competing adjustment; (iii) evaluating other states' public school funding formulas; and (iv) hearing local concerns and seeking input from various state and national experts, as applicable.

Full Text

12/20/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102571D  pdf

History

12/20/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102571D
01/29/20  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)

SB 6 Voter referendum; issuance of state general obligation bonds for school facility modernization.

Introduced by: William M. Stanley, Jr.

Summary as Introduced

Voter referendum; issuance of state general obligation bonds for school facility modernization. Provides for a statewide referendum on the question of whether the General Assembly shall issue state general obligation bonds in the amount of $3 billion for the purpose of K-12 school building construction, repair, or other capital projects related to the modernization of school facilities. The results would be advisory only and are intended only to demonstrate the preference of the citizens of the Commonwealth on the issuance of such bonds. The referendum would be held at the November 2020 general election.

Full Text

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100381D  pdf

History

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100381D
01/29/20  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N)

SB 327 School boards, certain; cost of competing adjustment, eligibility.
Introduced by: Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.

Summary as Introduced

Cost of competing adjustment; eligibility; certain school boards. Declares the Accomack County School Board and the Northampton County School Board eligible to receive the cost of competing adjustment to salaries for instructional and support positions as part of the state share of basic aid pursuant to the general appropriation act.

Full Text

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104112D  pdf

History
01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104112D
01/30/20  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

SJ 28 Composite index of local ability to pay; JLARC to study feasibility of adjusting.
Introduced by: Bryce E. Reeves

Summary as Introduced

: Study; JLARC; feasibility of adjusting the composite index of local ability to pay; report. Requires the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the feasibility of adjusting the composite index of local ability to pay by (i) reviewing current statutory, constitutional, and budgetary provisions governing the calculation of Standards of Quality costs and funding; (ii) examining the components of the composite index of local ability to pay; (iii) evaluating other states' public school funding formulas; (iv) hearing local concerns and seeking input from various state and national experts, as applicable; and (v) determining the feasibility of reducing the local share under the Local Composite Index (LCI) in school divisions in which the locality is determined to have above-average fiscal stress or high fiscal stress by the Virginia Commission on Local Government in its most recent "Report on the Comparative Revenue Capacity, Revenue Effort, and Fiscal Stress of Virginia Counties and Cities."

Full Text
01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102344D  pdf
History

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102344D
01/31/20  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Rules with letter by voice vote

Instruction and Standards of Learning

SB 238 Public schools; increases kindergarten instructional time.

Introduced by: George L. Barker

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; kindergarten instructional time. Increases from 540 hours to 990 hours the minimum instructional hours in a school year for students in kindergarten, beginning July 1, 2022. The bill directs the Board of Education to adopt regulations by July 1, 2022, establishing standards for accreditation that include a requirement that the standard school day for students in kindergarten average at least 5.5 instructional hours in order to qualify for full accreditation.

Full Text

01/02/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103301D  pdf

History

01/02/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103301D
01/14/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 6-N

SB 323 High school graduation requirements; advanced diploma, standard units of credit.

Introduced by: George L. Barker

Summary as Introduced

High school graduation requirements; advanced diploma; standard units of credit; certain substitutions. Requires the Board of Education, in establishing high school graduation requirements, to pemit any student who is pursuing an advanced studies diploma to substitute two standard units of credit in computer science for two standard units of credit in a foreign language.

Full Text

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103316D  pdf

History

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103316D
02/06/20  Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (13-Y 2-N)

SB 390 Public schools; Standards of Learning assessments.

Introduced by: Jeremy S. McPike

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; Standards of Learning assessments. Reduces the total number and type of required Standards of Learning assessments to the minimum requirements established by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Full Text

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101171D  pdf

History

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101171D
02/06/20  Senate: Continued to 2021 in Education and Health (11-Y 4-N)

HB 156 Critical National Security Language Grant Fund and Program; established.

Introduced by: Mark D. Sickles

Summary as Introduced

Critical National Security Language Grant Fund and Program established. Establishes the Critical National Security Language Grant Fund and the Critical National Security Language Grant Program within the Department of Education for the purpose of awarding grants on a competitive basis to any school division that provides a foreign language course in a foreign language that is currently identified as critical by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship program. Such grants are limited to $5,000 per student who successfully completes a critical foreign language course per school year.

Full Text

12/20/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101970D  pdf

History

12/20/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101970D
01/29/20  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)

HB 197 Financial literacy objectives; DOE to determine feasibility of incorporating into mathematics SOL.

Introduced by: Robert D. Orrock, Sr.

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; financial literacy objectives; mathematics Standards of Learning; report. Requires the Department of Education to determine and report to the General Assembly no later than December 1, 2020, the feasibility of incorporating the Board of Education's student financial literacy objectives into the appropriate pre-high school mathematics Standards of Learning.

Full Text

12/27/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101217D  pdf

History
12/27/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101217D
02/03/20  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)

HB 223 Education, Department of; recommendations for improving civic education.

Introduced by: Joseph P. McNamara

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; recommendations for improving civic education. Requires the Department of Education to develop and report to the Board of Education, the Governor, and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education and Health no later than July 1, 2021, recommendations for improving civic education for each public elementary and secondary school student in the Commonwealth, including strategies for (i) expanding their level of civic knowledge, (ii) increasing their respect for the political history of the Commonwealth and the United States, (iii) mitigating the politically polarizing effects that the mainstream media can have on such students, and (iv) helping such students become civically and politically engaged in a rational and civil manner.

Full Text

12/28/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103086D  pdf

History
12/28/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103086D
01/20/20  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)

HB 272 Sixth grade science curriculum; DOE & DEQ to update.

Introduced by: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education and Department of Environmental Quality; sixth grade science curriculum. Directs the Department of Education to coordinate with the Department of Environmental Quality to update the "Window into a Green Virginia" curriculum developed by the Departments for sixth grade science to include a unit on the benefits, including the energy benefits, of recycling and reuse.

Full Text

12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102059D  pdf

History

SB 238 Public schools; increases kindergarten instructional time.

Introduced by: George L. Barker

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; kindergarten instructional time. Increases from 540 hours to 990 hours the minimum instructional hours in a school year for students in kindergarten, beginning July 1, 2022. The bill directs the Board of Education to adopt regulations by July 1, 2022, establishing standards for accreditation that include a requirement that the standard school day for students in kindergarten average at least 5.5 instructional hours in order to qualify for full accreditation.

Full Text

01/02/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103301D  pdf

History

01/02/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103301D
01/14/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 6-N

SB 323 High school graduation requirements; advanced diploma, standard units of credit.

Introduced by: George L. Barker

Summary as Introduced

High school graduation requirements; advanced diploma; standard units of credit; certain substitutions. Requires the Board of Education, in establishing high school graduation requirements, to pemit any student who is pursuing an advanced studies diploma to substitute two standard units of credit in computer science for two standard units of credit in a foreign language.

Full Text

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103316D  pdf

History

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103316D
02/06/20  Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (13-Y 2-N)

SB 390 Public schools; Standards of Learning assessments.

Introduced by: Jeremy S. McPike

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; Standards of Learning assessments. Reduces the total number and type of required Standards of Learning assessments to the minimum requirements established by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Full Text

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101171D  pdf

History

01/06/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101171D
02/06/20  Senate: Continued to 2021 in Education and Health (11-Y 4-N)

HB 156 Critical National Security Language Grant Fund and Program; established.

Introduced by: Mark D. Sickles

Summary as Introduced

Critical National Security Language Grant Fund and Program established. Establishes the Critical National Security Language Grant Fund and the Critical National Security Language Grant Program within the Department of Education for the purpose of awarding grants on a competitive basis to any school division that provides a foreign language course in a foreign language that is currently identified as critical by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship program. Such grants are limited to $5,000 per student who successfully completes a critical foreign language course per school year.

Full Text

12/20/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101970D  pdf

History

12/20/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101970D
01/29/20  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)

HB 197 Financial literacy objectives; DOE to determine feasibility of incorporating into mathematics SOL.

Introduced by: Robert D. Orrock, Sr.

Summary as Introduced

: Department of Education; financial literacy objectives; mathematics Standards of Learning; report. Requires the Department of Education to determine and report to the General Assembly no later than December 1, 2020, the feasibility of incorporating the Board of Education's student financial literacy objectives into the appropriate pre-high school mathematics Standards of Learning.

Full Text

12/27/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101217D  pdf

History
12/27/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101217D
02/03/20  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)

HB 223 Education, Department of; recommendations for improving civic education.

Introduced by: Joseph P. McNamara

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; recommendations for improving civic education. Requires the Department of Education to develop and report to the Board of Education, the Governor, and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education and Health no later than July 1, 2021, recommendations for improving civic education for each public elementary and secondary school student in the Commonwealth, including strategies for (i) expanding their level of civic knowledge, (ii) increasing their respect for the political history of the Commonwealth and the United States, (iii) mitigating the politically polarizing effects that the mainstream media can have on such students, and (iv) helping such students become civically and politically engaged in a rational and civil manner.

Full Text

12/28/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103086D  pdf

History
12/28/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103086D
01/20/20  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)

HB 272 Sixth grade science curriculum; DOE & DEQ to update.

Introduced by: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education and Department of Environmental Quality; sixth grade science curriculum. Directs the Department of Education to coordinate with the Department of Environmental Quality to update the "Window into a Green Virginia" curriculum developed by the Departments for sixth grade science to include a unit on the benefits, including the energy benefits, of recycling and reuse.

Full Text

12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102059D  pdf

History
12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102059D
02/05/20  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

HB 483 Standards of Learning; review, racism and inequity.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory

Summary as Introduced

Standards of Learning; review; racism and inequity. Requires the Board of Education, in its review of the Standards of Learning in all subject areas, to consider the need for revisions to remove any racist or inequitable elements of such standards.

Full Text

01/03/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102538D  pdf

History

01/03/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102538D
01/29/20  House: Incorporated by Education (HB916-Sickles) by voice vote

HB 516 High school graduation requirements; required courses or credentials, dual enrollment.

Introduced by: David L. Bulova

Summary as Introduced

High school graduation requirements; required courses or credentials; dual enrollment. Permits high school students to fulfill a certain high school graduation course credit requirement by completing a dual enrollment course in lieu of the currently required Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or honors course or Board of Education-approved career and technical education credential.

Full Text

01/04/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103062D  pdf

History

01/04/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103062D

01/24/20  House: VOTE: (99-Y 0-N)

HB 527 Student assessments; language translation.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory

Summary as Introduced

Student assessments; language translation. Requires each school board to establish a process for the translation of certain statutorily required student assessments and any accompanying assessment instructions into the native language of each student who will participate in such assessments.

Full Text

01/05/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102537D  pdf

History

01/05/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102537D
02/03/20  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)

HB 694 Students in grades 6, 7, and 8; computer science/introduction to technology course required.

Introduced by: Shelly A. Simonds

Summary as Introduced

Students in grades six, seven, and eight; computer science or introduction to technology course required. Requires each student in grades six, seven, and eight, starting in the 2025%962026 school year, to complete at least one semester-long or year-long computer science elective course or introduction to technology course that is aligned with the appropriate Standards of Learning and may include the following content: examining systems and resources of technology, solving problems in technology, introducing microcontrollers, exploring the designed world, computing systems, networks and the Internet, cybersecurity, data and analysis, algorithms and programming, and the impacts of computing. The bill provides that no such student shall be required to complete an end-of-course assessment for any such course. The bill requires the Board of Education to amend or create Standards of Learning as necessary to implement the foregoing provisions and requires the Department of Education to confer with certain organizations to ensure that the proper training is available to the teachers of such courses.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102727D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102727D
02/05/20  House: Continued to 2021 with substitute in Education by voice vote

HB 1336 Family life education; SOL & curriculum guidelines, contemporary community standards.

Introduced by: Mark L. Keam

Summary as Introduced

Family life education; Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines; contemporary community standards; review. Requires the Board of Education, in conducting its regular review and revision of the Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines for family life education, to consult relevant stakeholders representing the interests of students, parents, health care providers, faith communities, and other public interest groups to ascertain and ensure that such standards and guidelines reflect contemporary community standards. The bill requires the next such review and revision to be completed no later than June 30, 2021. The bill requires each school board to conduct a review of its family life education curricula at least once every seven years.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102556D  pdf

HISTORY 01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102556D
01/31/20  House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)

HB 1394 Family life education programs; materials, summaries.

Introduced by: James A. "Jay" Leftwich | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as Introduced

Family life education programs; materials; summaries. Requires the summary of each family life education program that is provided to the parents of students who participate in such program to include a complete description of the process for parental review of program materials. The bill requires each local school board to post for public viewing on the local school division's official website each such summary, a complete copy of all printed family life education program materials, and a description of all family life education program audio-visual materials. The bill requires each local school board to implement the foregoing provisions no later than the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104014D  pdf | impact statement

AMENDMENTS\
House subcommittee amendments and substitutes adopted
History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104014D
01/30/20  House: VOTE: Passage (76-Y 23-N)

HB 1400 High school graduation requirements; English as a second language courses.

Introduced by: Rodney T. Willett

Summary as Introduced

Board of Education; graduation requirements; English as a second language courses. Requires the Board of Education, in establishing high school graduation requirements, to permit English as a second language (ESL) courses to satisfy credit requirements for graduation.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101376D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101376D
02/05/20  House: Continued to 2021 in Education by voice vote

HB 1680 Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide; Board of Education to review and revise.

Introduced by: Roslyn C. Tyler

Summary as Introduced

Board of Education; Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide. Requires the Board of Education to review and revise, in consultation with certain stakeholders and no later than December 1, 2020, its Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide to expand the opportunities available for students to earn credit for graduation through high-quality work-based learning experiences or in the case of agricultural education, supervised agricultural experiences, such as job shadowing, mentorships, internships, and externships.

Full Text

01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105594D  pdf | impact statement

History
01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105594D
02/05/20  House: Reported from Education with amendment (21-Y 0-N)

HB 1711 Virtual Virginia; availability in public elementary and middle schools.

Introduced by: Lamont Bagby

Summary as Introduced

Virtual Virginia; availability.

Full Text

01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20106026D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20106026D
02/05/20  House: Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N)

SB 112 Public schools; standard diploma requirements, dual-enrollment and work-based learning options.

Introduced by: David R. Suetterlein

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; standard diploma requirements; dual-enrollment and work-based learning options. Requires the Board of Education to include in its standard diploma graduation requirements the options for students to complete a dual-enrollment course or high-quality work-based learning experience.

Full Text

12/12/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101058D  pdf

History

12/12/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101058D
01/14/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

SB 853 Public schools; anti-hate instruction.

Introduced by: Jennifer B. Boysko

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; anti-hate instruction. Requires the Department of Education to develop a model curriculum and teacher training module for providing age-appropriate instruction on genocide, racism, harassment, discrimination, and historical injustice in grades kindergarten through 12. Each local school board is required to implement the model curriculum and teacher training module by the 2022-2023 school year.

Full Text

01/23/20  Senate: Committee substitute printed 20105926D-S1  pdf | impact statement

History

01/08/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105085D
02/04/20  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1078 Federal accountability indicators; PSAT/NMSQT, PreACT.

Introduced by: David R. Suetterlein

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; federal accountability indicators; PSAT/NMSQT; PreACT. Directs the Department of Education to amend its state plan pursuant to the Every Student Succeeds Act to include the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and the PreACT in the next federal accountability indicators application. The bill directs the Department and the Board of Education to grant verified credit to students who have earned approved scores on these two tests and permit schools to count those students as a "pass."

Full Text

01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20105591D  pdf

History

01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20105591D
02/06/20  Senate: Continued to 2021 in Education and Health (13-Y 0-N)

12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102059D
02/05/20  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

HB 483 Standards of Learning; review, racism and inequity.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory

Summary as Introduced

Standards of Learning; review; racism and inequity. Requires the Board of Education, in its review of the Standards of Learning in all subject areas, to consider the need for revisions to remove any racist or inequitable elements of such standards.

Full Text

01/03/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102538D  pdf

History

01/03/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102538D
01/29/20  House: Incorporated by Education (HB916-Sickles) by voice vote

HB 516 High school graduation requirements; required courses or credentials, dual enrollment.

Introduced by: David L. Bulova

Summary as Introduced

High school graduation requirements; required courses or credentials; dual enrollment. Permits high school students to fulfill a certain high school graduation course credit requirement by completing a dual enrollment course in lieu of the currently required Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or honors course or Board of Education-approved career and technical education credential.

Full Text

01/04/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103062D  pdf

History

01/04/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103062D

01/24/20  House: VOTE: (99-Y 0-N)

HB 527 Student assessments; language translation.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory

Summary as Introduced

Student assessments; language translation. Requires each school board to establish a process for the translation of certain statutorily required student assessments and any accompanying assessment instructions into the native language of each student who will participate in such assessments.

Full Text

01/05/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102537D  pdf

History

01/05/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102537D
02/03/20  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)

HB 694 Students in grades 6, 7, and 8; computer science/introduction to technology course required.

Introduced by: Shelly A. Simonds

Summary as Introduced

Students in grades six, seven, and eight; computer science or introduction to technology course required. Requires each student in grades six, seven, and eight, starting in the 2025%962026 school year, to complete at least one semester-long or year-long computer science elective course or introduction to technology course that is aligned with the appropriate Standards of Learning and may include the following content: examining systems and resources of technology, solving problems in technology, introducing microcontrollers, exploring the designed world, computing systems, networks and the Internet, cybersecurity, data and analysis, algorithms and programming, and the impacts of computing. The bill provides that no such student shall be required to complete an end-of-course assessment for any such course. The bill requires the Board of Education to amend or create Standards of Learning as necessary to implement the foregoing provisions and requires the Department of Education to confer with certain organizations to ensure that the proper training is available to the teachers of such courses.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102727D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102727D
02/05/20  House: Continued to 2021 with substitute in Education by voice vote

HB 1336 Family life education; SOL & curriculum guidelines, contemporary community standards.

Introduced by: Mark L. Keam

Summary as Introduced

Family life education; Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines; contemporary community standards; review. Requires the Board of Education, in conducting its regular review and revision of the Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines for family life education, to consult relevant stakeholders representing the interests of students, parents, health care providers, faith communities, and other public interest groups to ascertain and ensure that such standards and guidelines reflect contemporary community standards. The bill requires the next such review and revision to be completed no later than June 30, 2021. The bill requires each school board to conduct a review of its family life education curricula at least once every seven years.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102556D  pdf

HISTORY 01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102556D
01/31/20  House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)

HB 1394 Family life education programs; materials, summaries.

Introduced by: James A. "Jay" Leftwich | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as Introduced

Family life education programs; materials; summaries. Requires the summary of each family life education program that is provided to the parents of students who participate in such program to include a complete description of the process for parental review of program materials. The bill requires each local school board to post for public viewing on the local school division's official website each such summary, a complete copy of all printed family life education program materials, and a description of all family life education program audio-visual materials. The bill requires each local school board to implement the foregoing provisions no later than the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104014D  pdf | impact statement

AMENDMENTS\
House subcommittee amendments and substitutes adopted
History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104014D
01/30/20  House: VOTE: Passage (76-Y 23-N)

HB 1400 High school graduation requirements; English as a second language courses.

Introduced by: Rodney T. Willett

Summary as Introduced

Board of Education; graduation requirements; English as a second language courses. Requires the Board of Education, in establishing high school graduation requirements, to permit English as a second language (ESL) courses to satisfy credit requirements for graduation.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101376D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101376D
02/05/20  House: Continued to 2021 in Education by voice vote

HB 1680 Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide; Board of Education to review and revise.

Introduced by: Roslyn C. Tyler

Summary as Introduced

Board of Education; Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide. Requires the Board of Education to review and revise, in consultation with certain stakeholders and no later than December 1, 2020, its Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide to expand the opportunities available for students to earn credit for graduation through high-quality work-based learning experiences or in the case of agricultural education, supervised agricultural experiences, such as job shadowing, mentorships, internships, and externships.

Full Text

01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105594D  pdf | impact statement

History
01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105594D
02/05/20  House: Reported from Education with amendment (21-Y 0-N)

HB 1711 Virtual Virginia; availability in public elementary and middle schools.

Introduced by: Lamont Bagby

Summary as Introduced

Virtual Virginia; availability.

Full Text

01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20106026D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20106026D
02/05/20  House: Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N)

SB 112 Public schools; standard diploma requirements, dual-enrollment and work-based learning options.

Introduced by: David R. Suetterlein

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; standard diploma requirements; dual-enrollment and work-based learning options. Requires the Board of Education to include in its standard diploma graduation requirements the options for students to complete a dual-enrollment course or high-quality work-based learning experience.

Full Text

12/12/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101058D  pdf

History

12/12/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101058D
01/14/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

SB 853 Public schools; anti-hate instruction.

Introduced by: Jennifer B. Boysko

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; anti-hate instruction. Requires the Department of Education to develop a model curriculum and teacher training module for providing age-appropriate instruction on genocide, racism, harassment, discrimination, and historical injustice in grades kindergarten through 12. Each local school board is required to implement the model curriculum and teacher training module by the 2022-2023 school year.

Full Text

01/23/20  Senate: Committee substitute printed 20105926D-S1  pdf | impact statement

History

01/08/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105085D
02/04/20  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1078 Federal accountability indicators; PSAT/NMSQT, PreACT.

Introduced by: David R. Suetterlein

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; federal accountability indicators; PSAT/NMSQT; PreACT. Directs the Department of Education to amend its state plan pursuant to the Every Student Succeeds Act to include the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and the PreACT in the next federal accountability indicators application. The bill directs the Department and the Board of Education to grant verified credit to students who have earned approved scores on these two tests and permit schools to count those students as a "pass."

Full Text

01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20105591D  pdf

History

01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20105591D
02/06/20  Senate: Continued to 2021 in Education and Health (13-Y 0-N)

Instructional Technology

None at this time.

Personnel

SB 134 School boards; planning time and planning periods for elementary school teachers.

Introduced by: Richard H. Stuart

Summary as Introduced

School boards; teachers; planning time and planning periods. Requires each local school board to ensure that each elementary school teacher has an average of one 45-minute period per school day of planning time and that each middle and high school teacher is provided one planning period per school day or the equivalent, which shall be at least 45 minutes or one class period, whichever is longer. The bill permits local school boards and teachers to enter into an appropriate contractual arrangement providing for compensation in lieu of such planning time or period. Under current law, public elementary school teachers are guaranteed at least an average of 30 minutes of planning time per school day during a school week.

Full Text

12/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101401D  pdf

History

12/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101401D
02/04/20  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendments (13-Y 0-N)

HB 12 Education, Department of; discrimination against students, investigation & resolution of complaints.

Introduced by: Ibraheem S. Samirah

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; discrimination against students; investigation and resolution of complaints. Requires the Department of Education to establish a procedure for the receipt, investigation, and resolution of student complaints alleging discrimination on any basis that is prohibited by state or federal law, including discrimination on the basis of sex as prohibited by Title IX (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.).

Full Text

11/18/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100343D  pdf

History

11/18/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100343D
01/20/20  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)

HB 233 Teachers; required to be compensated at or above national average.

Introduced by: Martha M. Mugler (Elect)  

Summary as Introduced

Teacher compensation; at or above national average. Requires public school teachers to be compensated at a rate that is at or above the national average. Under current law, compensation at such rate is aspirational. The foregoing provisions of the bill have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2025. The bill requires funding to be provided on an incremental basis pursuant to the general appropriation act to implement such teacher compensation rate by the effective date.

Full Text

12/29/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102564D  pdf

History

12/29/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102564D 02/03/20  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations

HB 376 Teacher and support staff shortages; data, reporting.

Introduced by: Rodney T. Willett (Elect)

Summary as Introduced

Teacher and support staff shortages; data; reporting. Requires (i) each school board to report to the Department of Education annually the number and type of teacher and support staff vacancies in the school division and (ii) each education preparation program to report to the Department of Education annually the number of individuals who graduated from the program during the current calendar year, by endorsement area. The bill requires the Department of Education to (a) establish deadlines for and the format of the reporting of such data and (b) aggregate and report such data annually on the Department's website.

Full Text

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100304D  pdf

History

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100304D
02/03/20  House: Reported from Appropriations (16-Y 2-N)

HB 392 School boards; applicants for employment and volunteer service, criminal history.

Introduced by: Jeion A. Ward

Summary as Introduced

School boards; applicants for employment and volunteer service; criminal history. Prohibits each school board from employing or accepting the volunteer service of any individual who has been convicted of a violent felony set forth in subsection C of § 17.1-805 of the Code of Virginia or any offense involving the sexual molestation, physical or sexual abuse, or rape of a child. The bill permits each school board to employ or accept the volunteer service of any individual who has been convicted of any felony or crime of moral turpitude that is not set forth in subsection C of § 17.1-805 of the Code of Virginia and does not involve the sexual molestation, physical or sexual abuse, or rape of a child, provided that in the case of a felony conviction, such individual has had his civil rights restored by the Governor. The bill contains parallel provisions for contractors and their employees who have direct contact with students on school property during regular school hours or during school-sponsored activities. Current law provides that any felony conviction is a bar to employment and contract work in public schools.

Full Text

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101566D  pdf

History

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101566D
02/05/20  House: Read third time and passed House (82-Y 17-N)

HB 424 School resource officers; required in every school.

Introduced by: John J. McGuire, III

Summary as Introduced

Requiring a school resource officer in every school; School Resource Officer Supplementary Fund created. Requires each local school board to place a school resource officer in each public elementary and secondary school. The bill provides that 44 percent of revenues from taxes on alcohol licenses, distilled spirits, and beer and wine coolers shall accrue to the School Resource Officer Supplementary Fund, created by the bill, which would be used to fund the costs of the school resource officer requirement.

Full Text

01/03/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103501D  pdf

History

01/03/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103501D
01/27/20  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 4-N)

HB 1326 Teachers; placed on probation, notice of dismissal.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory

Summary as Introduced

Teachers; probation and dismissal. Specifies that a teacher may be placed on probation for incompetency, immorality, noncompliance with school laws and regulations, disability as shown by competent medical evidence when in compliance with federal law, conviction of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude, or other good and just cause. The bill replaces the current condition constituting incompetency, for the purposes of teacher employment, of one or more unsatisfactory performance evaluations with the condition of more than one unsatisfactory performance evaluation or one unsatisfactory performance evaluation coupled with a finding by the division superintendent that the teacher (i) exhibited a pattern of poor performance or (ii) failed to respond to efforts to improve his performance. The bill extends from 10 business days to 15 business days the deadline for a teacher to request a hearing after receiving written notice of a recommendation of dismissal. The bill also staggers by 10 days (a) the opportunity for a teacher recommended for dismissal to inspect and copy his personnel file and all other documents relied upon in reaching the decision to recommend dismissal and (b) the opportunity for the division superintendent to inspect and copy the documents to be offered in rebuttal to the decision to recommend dismissal. The bill also extends from 15 business days to 30 business days the deadline for the school board or hearing officer to set a hearing after a request for a hearing by a teacher recommended for dismissal.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103350D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103350D
01/29/20  House: Incorporated by Education (HB365-Carroll Foy) by voice vote

HB 1344 Teacher licensure; written reprimand, suspension.

Introduced by: Alex Q. Askew

Summary as Introduced

Board of Education; teacher licensure; written reprimand; suspension. Provides that when adopting regulations regarding the issuance of written reprimands of teachers and other school personnel required to hold a license, the Board of Education shall establish in such regulations the grounds for such written reprimands and provides that for a teacher who breaches his contract, the local board of education or division superintendent, in addition to a written reprimand or revocation of the teacher's license as in current law, may issue a suspension of the teacher's license.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104782D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104782D
02/04/20  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)

HB 1443 Teachers; annual compensation review, report.

Introduced by: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED Department of Education; annual teacher compensation review; report. Requires the Department of Education to conduct an annual review of teacher compensation that takes into consideration the Commonwealth's compensation for teachers relative to member states in the Southern Regional Education Board. The bill requires the Department to report its findings to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the School Board by June 1 of each year. Current law requires the Director of Human Resource Management to complete a biennial review of teacher compensation that also compares the Commonwealth's compensation for teachers to other occupations requiring similar education and training.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102710D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102710D
02/03/20  House: Reported from Education with amendments (20-Y 2-N)

HB 1469 Teachers employed in accredited private elementary and secondary schools; provisional licenses.

Introduced by: Wendy W. Gooditis
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED Teachers employed in accredited private elementary and secondary schools; provisional licenses; extension. Requires the Board of Education to extend for at least one additional year, but for no more than two additional years, the three-year provisional license of a teacher employed in an accredited private elementary or secondary school upon receiving from the school administrator of such school (i) a recommendation for such extension and (ii) satisfactory performance evaluations for such teacher for each year of the original three-year provisional license. The provisions of the bill mirror current law relating to the extension of provisional licenses for public school teachers.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102106D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102106D
02/04/20  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)

HB 1568 Technical professional licenses; military science endorsement.

Introduced by: Nick Rush

Summary as Introduced

State Board of Education; technical professional licenses; military science endorsement. Directs the State Board of Education to amend its regulations to require that persons seeking a technical professional license with an endorsement to teach military science have either the appropriate credentials issued by the United States military or a recommendation from a Virginia employing educational agency.

Full Text

01/14/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105337D  pdf

History

01/14/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105337D
02/04/20  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)

HB 1630 Public schools; extension of provisional teacher licensure.
Introduced by: Terry G. Kilgore

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; provisional teacher licensure; certain individuals. Permits any school board and division superintendent to extend from three months to six months the period within which the provisional license of an individual seeking initial teacher licensure who has not completed professional assessments will expire for the purpose of establishing such individual's eligibility for initial licensure, provided that such individual has received a satisfactory mid-year performance review in the current school year and meets all other eligibility criteria.

Full Text

01/16/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105129D  pdf

History

01/16/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105129D
02/04/20  House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)

SB 23 Employment and public accommodation; prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation/gender identity.

Introduced by: Adam P. Ebbin

Summary as Introduced

Prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity. Prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran and adds discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill contains technical amendments.

Full Text

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100725D  pdf

History

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100725D
01/22/20  Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)

SB 98 Public elementary & secondary school teachers; probationary term of service, performance evaluation.

Introduced by: Mamie E. Locke

Summary as Introduced

Public elementary and secondary school teachers; probationary term of service; performance evaluation. Removes (i) the option for local school boards to extend the three-year probationary term of service for teachers by up to two additional years and (ii) the prohibition against school boards reemploying any teacher whose performance evaluation during the probationary term of service is unsatisfactory.

Full Text

12/05/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102414D  pdf

History

12/05/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102414D
01/28/20  Senate: Passed Senate (25-Y 15-N)

SB 167 Teachers, public school; unsatisfactory performance evaluations, grounds for dismissal.

Introduced by: Barbara A. Favola

Summary as Introduced

Dismissal of teachers; grounds; incompetency. Removes receipt of one or more unsatisfactory performance evaluations from the list of factors that "incompetency" may be construed to include for the purpose of establishing grounds for the dismissal of public school teachers.

Full Text

12/19/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102273D  pdf

History

12/19/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102273D
01/28/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N)

SB 1080 Urban Teacher Fund and Program; established.

Introduced by: Joseph D. Morrissey

Summary as Introduced

Superintendent of Public Instruction; Urban Teacher Fund and Program; established. Establishes the Urban Teacher Fund and Program, to be administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, for the purpose of providing grants to persons employed in urban school divisions with teacher shortages who remain employed by the urban school division for a period of at least five years.

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01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20105428D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20105428D
02/06/20  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

Professional Development

HB 716 Public school employees, certain; online mental health awareness training required.

Introduced by: David A. Reid | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as Introduced

Certain public school employees; online mental health awareness training required. Requires the Department of Education to adopt and implement policies that require each teacher, school counselor, school athletics team coach, and school activity supervisor to complete an online mental health awareness training. The bill requires the Department of Education to provide such training and permits the Department of Education to contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a community services board, a behavioral health authority, a nonprofit organization, or other certified trainer to provide such training.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101072D  pdf

History>

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101072D
01/22/20  House: Incorporated by Education (HB74-Kory) by voice vote

HB 1554 Public schools; Mental Health First Aid training every three years.

Introduced by: Ibraheem S. Samirah

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; Mental Health First Aid training. Requires each school board to adopt and implement policies that require each teacher and other relevant personnel, as determined by the school board, who are employed on a full-time basis to complete a Mental Health First Aid training or similar program every three years. The bill requires each school board to provide such training and allows a school board to contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a community services board, a behavioral health authority, a nonprofit organization, or a certified trainer of the Mental Health First Aid training program to provide such training.

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01/12/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105069D  pdf

History>

01/12/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105069D
01/22/20  House: Incorporated by Education (HB74-Kory) by voice vote2

SB 171 School resource officers and school security officers; training standards.

Introduced by: Mamie E. Locke

Summary as Introduced

School resource officers and school security officers; training standards. Requires school resource officers and school security officers to receive training specific to the role and responsibility of a law-enforcement officer working with students in a school environment that includes training on (i) relevant state and federal laws; (ii) school and personal liability issues; (iii) security awareness in the school environment; (iv) mediation and conflict resolution, including de-escalation techniques; (v) disaster and emergency response; (vi) awareness of cultural diversity and implicit bias; (vii) working with students with disabilities, mental health needs, substance abuse disorders, or past traumatic experiences; and (viii) student behavioral dynamics, including current child and adolescent development and brain research.

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12/20/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103259D  pdf

History>

12/20/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103259D
02/04/20  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)

SB 680 Teachers in certain schools for students with disabilities; extension of provisional licenses.

Introduced by: T. Montgomery "Monty" Mason

Summary as Introduced

Teachers in certain schools for students with disabilities; provisional licenses; extension. Requires the Board of Education to extend for at least one additional year, but for no more than two additional years, the three-year provisional license of a teacher employed in a school for students with disabilities that is licensed by the Board upon receiving from the school administrator of such school (i) a recommendation for such extension and (ii) satisfactory performance evaluations for such teacher for each year of the original three-year provisional license. The provisions of the bill mirror current law relating to the extension of provisional licenses for public school teachers.

Full Text

01/07/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103610D  pdf

History

01/07/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103610D
02/06/20  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)h

Retirement and Insurance

HB 1493 Virginia Retirement System; retired law-enforcement officers employed as school resource officers.

Introduced by: Dan I. Helmer

Summary as Introduced

Virginia Retirement System; retired law-enforcement officers employed as school resource officers or school security officers. Allows a retired law-enforcement officer to continue to receive his service retirement allowance during a subsequent period of employment by a local school division as a school resource officer or school security officer, so long as he has a bona fide break in service between retirement and reemployment, did not retire under an early retirement program, and did not retire under the Workforce Transition Act of 1995.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20102590D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20102590D
01/31/20  House: Incorporated by Appropriations (HB1495-Torian) by voice vote

HB 693 School boards; paid maternity leave benefit policy.

Introduced by: Shelly A. Simonds
Summary as Introduced

School boards; paid maternity leave benefit policy. Requires each school board to establish a paid maternity leave benefit policy to grant any mother who has been employed full-time by the school board for at least two years and who gave birth to or adopted a child 12 weeks of paid sick leave, in addition to any other sick leave to which such individual is otherwise entitled, to care for such child. Each such policy shall include provisions relating to (i) any payroll contributions that may be required to finance all or any part of the implementation of the paid maternity leave benefit, (ii) the amount and value of the maternity leave benefit, (iii) the computation of the duration of the paid maternity leave benefit, (iv) the period within which the paid maternity leave benefit shall be used, (v) intermittent use of the paid maternity leave benefit, (vi) employment protection for mothers who use the paid maternity leave benefit, (vii) the coordination of the use of the paid maternity leave benefit and any other leave pursuant to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq., and (viii) any other consideration deemed relevant by the school board.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102724D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102724D

01/29/20  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 4-N)

HB 986 Virginia Retirement System; retired law-enforcement officers employed as school security officers.

Introduced by: Amanda E. Batten

Summary as Introduced

Virginia Retirement System; retired law-enforcement officers employed as school security officers. Allows a retired law-enforcement officer to continue to receive his service retirement allowance during a subsequent period of employment by a local school division as a school security officer.

Full Text

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103639D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103639D
01/31/20  House: Incorporated by Appropriations (HB1495-Torian) by voice vote

School Board Governance

HB 582 Collective bargaining for public employees; labor organization representation.

Introduced by: Elizabeth R. Guzman

Summary as Introduced

Collective bargaining for public employees. Repeals the existing prohibition on collective bargaining by public employees. The bill creates the Public Employee Relations Board, which will determine appropriate bargaining units and provide for certification and decertification elections for exclusive bargaining representatives of state employees and local government employees. The measure requires public employers and employee organizations that are exclusive bargaining representatives to meet at reasonable times to negotiate in good faith with respect to wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. The measure repeals a provision enacted in 2013 that declares that, in any procedure providing for the designation, selection, or authorization of a labor organization to represent employees, the right of an individual employee to vote by secret ballot is a fundamental right that shall be guaranteed from infringement.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104418D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104418D
02/06/20  House: Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)

HB 897 School resource officers; memorandums of understanding.

Introduced by: Elizabeth R. Guzman

Summary as Introduced

School resource officers; memorandums of understanding. The bill requires that the required memorandum of understanding entered into by a local school board and local law-enforcement agency be consistent with the model memorandum of understanding developed by the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety. The bill requires that the model memorandum contain provisions that prohibit school resource officers from (i) conducting a search of a student's person or property while on school property unless such resource officer has probable cause to conduct such a search and either has a judicial warrant authorizing the search or has identified exigent circumstances necessitating a warrantless search; (ii) participating in any request for assistance from a federal agency without a subpoena or warrant; (iii) inquiring as to whether a student was born in a country other than the United States or is a citizen of a country other than the United States, unless such inquiry is in connection with an kidnapping or extortion investigation; and (iv) absent exigent circumstances, questioning any student without prior notification to the parent or guardian of such student's right to refuse to be questioned or searched. The bill also provides that the model memorandum of understanding shall contain provisions regarding the use of translators or appropriate guardians to assist students in responding to questions from a school resource officer. The bill requires each such school board and local law-enforcement agency to review the memorandum of understanding every four years or at any time upon request of either party. The bill provides that such memorandum shall be made available for public review and comment at least 30 days prior to its adoption. The bill also redefines school resource officer to specifically prohibit a school resource officer from investigating or enforcing violations of school board policies, including student conduct codes.

Full Text

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101943D  pdf

History

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101943D
01/29/20  House: Incorporated by Education (HB292-VanValkenburg) by voice vote

HB 292 School boards and local law-enforcement agencies; memorandums of understanding, frequency of review.

Introduced by: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg

Summary as Introduced

School boards and local law-enforcement agencies; memorandums of understanding; frequency of review and public input. Shortens from every five years to every two years the frequency of the review period for memorandums of understanding between school boards and local law-enforcement agencies. The bill also requires local school boards to conspicuously publish the current division memorandum of understanding on its division website and provide notice and opportunity for public input and discussion during each memorandum of understanding review period.

Full Text

12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102225D  pdf

History

12/30/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102225D

02/04/20  House: VOTE: Passage (88-Y 11-N)

HB 308 Public elementary and secondary school students; excused absences, mental and behavioral health.

Introduced by: Patrick A. Hope

Summary as Introduced

Public elementary and secondary school students; excused absences; mental and behavioral health. Requires the Department of Education to establish and distribute to each school board no later than August 1, 2020, guidelines for the granting of excused absences to students who are absent from school due to mental or behavioral health and requires any student who is absent from school due to his mental or behavioral health to be granted an excused absence, subject to such guidelines.

Full Text

12/31/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100877D  pdf

History

12/31/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100877D
02/04/20  House: VOTE: Passage (60-Y 38-N)

HB 501 School boards; written school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plans.

Introduced by: Paul E. Krizek

Summary as Introduced

School boards; written school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plans; annual review; delegation of duty. Permits each school board to designate another entity or individual to participate on its behalf in the annual review of its written school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plan.

Full Text

01/03/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102921D  pdf

History

01/03/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102921D
02/04/20  House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)

HB 522 "Students with limited or interrupted formal education;" DOE to develop statewide definition.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; common statewide definition; "students with limited or interrupted formal education." Requires the Department of Education to develop and adopt a common statewide definition for the term "students with limited or interrupted formal education" and to require school boards to report on the number of students who fall under such definition as part of the required data collection and reporting on average daily membership for the purposes of documenting any changes in such numbers over time and allowing for comparisons of such numbers across local school divisions. The bill provides that in developing and adopting such common statewide definition, the Department of Education shall consider and may adopt existing definitions of "students with limited or interrupted formal education."

Full Text

01/04/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103090D  pdf

History

01/04/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103090D
02/03/20  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4-Y 4-N)

HB 602 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; scholastic records, charges.

Introduced by: Nicholas J. Freitas

Summary as Introduced

Virginia Freedom of Information Act; scholastic records; charges. Provides that, upon request, scholastic records shall be furnished electronically once per academic quarter and physically once per academic year at no charge to the student who is the subject thereof or the student's parent or legal guardian.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100489D  pdf

Hisotry

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100489D
02/05/20  House: Continued to 2021 in Appropriations by voice vote

HB 1381 Special education; due process hearings, nonattorney representatives.

Introduced by: James A. "Jay" Leftwich

Summary as Introduced

Special education; due process hearings; nonattorney representatives. Permits a school division and the parents of a child with a disability in the school division to be accompanied and advised by any nonattorney with special knowledge or training with respect to the needs of children with disabilities in any due process hearing before a hearing officer. The bill declares that it constitutes the practice of law without being authorized or licensed to do so as prohibited by law when any such nonattorney drafts or submits pleadings, motions, or briefs; presents evidence; makes any argument, including any argument relating to any law or regulation; or questions witnesses on behalf of any parent or student. The bill requires the Board of Education to adopt regulations to establish (i) licensure requirements, including minimum training and qualification requirements, (ii) a code of professional conduct, and (iii) a mechanism for the review and resolution of complaints for such nonattorneys. Current law permits the school division and the parents of a child with a disability to be represented by any individual, regardless of special knowledge or training, in any due process hearing before a hearing officer and declares that such representation does not constitute the practice of law without being authorized or licensed to do so.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102357D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102357D
02/05/20  House: Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice by voice vote

HB 1557 Appointed school boards; members, salaries.

Introduced by: Hyland F. "Buddy" Fowler, Jr.

Summary as Introduced

Appointed school boards; members; salaries. Eliminates the annual salary limits for appointed school board members and permits any appointed school board to pay each of its members an annual salary that is consistent with the salary procedures and no more than the salary limits provided for local governments in Article 1.1 (§ 15.2-1414.1 et seq.) of Chapter 14 of Title 15.2 (Counties, Cities and Towns) or as provided by charter.

Full Text

01/13/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20104603D  pdf

History

01/13/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20104603D
02/06/20  House: Read third time and passed House (75-Y 23-N)

SJ 75 Constitutional amendment; public schools in the Commonwealth.

Introduced by: William M. Stanley, Jr.

Summary as Introduced

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); public schools in the Commonwealth; equal educational opportunities. Requires the General Assembly to provide for a system of public schools in the Commonwealth with equal educational opportunities for all children and to ensure that all school age children are provided with equal educational opportunities.

Full Text

01/16/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20104723D  pdf

History

01/16/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20104723D
01/28/20  Senate: Continued to 2021 in Privileges and Elections (10-Y 0-N)

Standards of Quality/Standards of Accreditation

HB 1415 School library clerical personnel; ratios of positions to students.

Introduced by: Danica A. Roem

Summary as Introduced

School library clerical personnel; ratios of positions to students. Establishes, as part of each local school board's provision of those support services that are necessary for the efficient and cost-effective operation and maintenance of its public schools, the following ratios for school library clerical personnel positions: in elementary schools, one full-time at 300 students and two full-time at 700 students; in middle schools, one full-time at 300 students, two full-time at 800 students, and three full-time at 1,700 students; and in high schools, one full-time, two full-time at 900 students, and three full-time at 1,800 students.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104124D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104124D

01/27/20  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N) SB 151 School personnel; staffing ratios, school nurses. Introduced by: Richard H. Stuart
Summary as Introduced

School personnel; staffing ratios; school nurses. Excludes school nurse positions from requirements for student support positions and instead requires each local school board to employ at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position in each elementary school, middle school, and high school in the local school division or at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position per 550 students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Full Text

12/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101419D  pdf

History

12/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101419D
01/30/20  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (14-Y 0-N)

HJ 79 Special education staffing ratios; JLARC to study.

Introduced by: Elizabeth R. Guzman

Summary as Introduced

Study; JLARC; special education staffing ratios; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to include in its current review of the effectiveness of Virginia's special education programs an examination of the prescribed and actual ratios of students to special education instructional and support personnel in public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth to determine whether any adjustment to such ratios is necessary.

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01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102103D  pdf

History

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102103D
01/29/20  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)

HB 1323 Instructional positions; students identified as having limited English proficiency.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory

Summary as Introduced

Instructional positions; students identified as having limited English proficiency. Requires state funding to be provided pursuant to the general appropriation act to support 20 full-time equivalent instructional positions for each 1,000 students identified as having limited English proficiency. Current law requires state funding to support 17 such positions for each 1,000 such students.

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01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103311D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103311D
01/29/20  House: Incorporated by Education (HB975-Guzman) by voice vote

HB 1388 Public school accreditation; triennial review.

Introduced by: Dawn M. Adams

Summary as Introduced

Public school accreditation; triennial review. Eliminates the ability of a school that only maintains a passing rate on Virginia assessment program tests or additional tests approved by the Board of Education of 95 percent or above in each of the four core academic areas for two consecutive years to apply for and receive a waiver of accreditation from the Department of Education, which waiver confers full accreditation for a three-year period. Current law provides high-performing schools a separate pathway to obtain three-year accreditation.

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01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102722D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102722D
02/05/20  House: Reported from Education (21-Y 0-N)

HB 1508 School counselors; minimum staffing ratio.

Introduced by: Delores L. McQuinn

Summary as Introduced

Minimum staffing ratio for school counselors. Requires local school boards to employ school counselors in accordance with the following ratios, effective with the 2020%962021 school year: in elementary schools, one hour per day per 75 students, one full-time equivalent at 375 students, one hour per day additional time per 75 students or major fraction thereof; in middle schools, one period per 65 students, one full-time equivalent at 325 students, one additional period per 65 students or major fraction thereof; and in high schools, one period per 60 students, one full-time equivalent at 300 students, one additional period per 60 students or major fraction thereof. The bill also requires local school boards to employ one full-time equivalent school counselor position per 250 students in grades kindergarten through 12, effective with the 2021%962022 school year.

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01/08/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20102840D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/08/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20102840D

02/05/20  House: Reported from Appropriations with amendment (18-Y 3-N)

HB 1515 School boards; staffing ratios of school counselors.

Introduced by: Delores L. McQuinn

Summary as Introduced

School boards; staffing ratios; school counselors. Requires school boards to employ school counselors in accordance with the following ratios: (i) effective with the 2020%962021 school year, in elementary schools, one hour per day per 60 students, one full-time at 300 students, one hour per day additional time per 60 students or major fraction thereof; in middle and high schools, one period per 55 students, one full-time at 275 students, one additional period per 55 students or major fraction thereof and (ii) effective with the 2021%962022 school year, in elementary, middle, and high schools, one hour per day per 50 students, one full-time at 250 students, one additional hour per day per 50 students or major fraction thereof. Under current law, school boards are required to employ school counselors in accordance with the following ratios: in elementary schools, one hour per day per 75 students, one full-time at 375 students, one hour per day additional time per 75 students or major fraction thereof; in middle schools, one period per 65 students, one full-time at 325 students, one additional period per 65 students or major fraction thereof; in high schools, one period per 60 students, one full-time at 300 students, one additional period per 60 students or major fraction thereof.

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01/08/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20100773D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20100773D
01/27/20  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)

HB 1653 School counselors; staffing ratios, flexibility.

Introduced by: Tony O. Wilt

Summary as Introduced

School counselors; staffing ratios; flexibility. Permits school boards to fulfill the staffing ratio requirements for school counselors by employing other licensed counseling professionals or providing other licensed counseling professionals through contracted services.

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01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105372D  pdf

History

1/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105372D

02/05/20  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

Special Services

HB 368 Public schools; enrollment, certain children placed in foster care.

Introduced by: Jennifer Carroll Foy

Summary as Introduced

Public schools; enrollment; certain children placed in foster care. Specifies, for the purpose of several provisions of law relating to the public school enrollment of children placed in foster care, that a child or student placed in foster care includes a pupil who was in foster care when he reached age 18 but such pupil has not yet reached age 22.

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01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101141D  pdf

History

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101141D
02/05/20  House: Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N)

HB 1722 Applied behavior analysis services; Department of Education to develop guidance and resources.

Introduced by: Danica A. Roem

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; guidance and resources; applied behavior analysis services. Requires the Department of Education to develop and publish no later than November 16, 2020, guidance and resources relating to the provision of applied behavior analysis services in public schools for students who are in need of such services.

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01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105382D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/17/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20105382D
02/05/20  House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education

SB 275 School enrollment; students formerly in foster care.

Introduced by: George L. Barker

Summary as Introduced

School enrollment; students formerly in foster care. Provides for the immediate enrollment of any student who was in foster care upon reaching 18 years of age but who has not yet reached 22 years of age for whom the local department of social services or child-placing agency is unable to produce documents normally required for enrollment. Under current law, an exception to the requirement for such documentation is provided only to students currently in foster care.

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01/09/20  Senate: Committee substitute printed 20105415D-S1  pdf

History

01/09/20  Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
01/09/20  Senate: Committee substitute printed 20105415D-S1
01/14/20  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

HB 49 Students with disabilities, certain; feasibility of educational placement transition.

Introduced by: Joseph P. McNamara | all patrons    ...    notes |

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; pilot program; feasibility of educational placement transition of certain students with disabilities. Requires the Department of Education and relevant local school boards to develop and implement a pilot program for the transition of students who are educated in private school settings pursuant to Individualized Education Programs to the appropriate public school setting in the relevant local school division for up to four years in two to eight local school divisions in the Commonwealth.

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11/25/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101219D  pdf

History

11/25/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101219D
01/31/20  House: Continued to 2021 in Appropriations by voice vote

HB 134 Individualized education program teams; Department of Education to develop guidelines.

Introduced by: Chris S. Runion (Elect)

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; individualized education program teams; guidelines. Requires the Department of Education to establish guidelines for individualized education program (IEP) teams to utilize when developing IEPs for children with disabilities to ensure that IEP teams consider the need for age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate instruction related to sexual health, self-restraint, self-protection, respect for personal privacy, and personal boundaries of others. The bill requires each local school board, in developing IEPs for children with disabilities, in addition to any other requirements established by the Board, to ensure that IEP teams consider such guidelines.

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12/17/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103163D  pdf

History

12/17/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103163D
02/06/20  House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 2-N)

HB 145 Public elementary and secondary schools; treatment of transgender students, policies.

Introduced by: Marcus B. Simon

Summary as Introduced

Public elementary and secondary schools; treatment of transgender students; policies. Requires the Department of Education to develop and make available to each school board, no later than December 31, 2020, model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools that address common issues regarding transgender students in accordance with evidence-based best practices and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to (i) compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws; (ii) maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students; (iii) prevention of and response to bullying and harassment; (iv) maintenance of student records; (v) identification of students; (vi) protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information; (vii) enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and (viii) student participation in sex-specific school activities, events, and athletics and use of school facilities. The bill requires each school board to adopt, no later than the beginning of the 2021–2022 school year, policies that are consistent with but may be more comprehensive than such model policies developed by the Department of Education.

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12/18/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101310D  pdf

History

12/18/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101310D
01/31/20  House: VOTE: Passage #2 (62-Y 36-N)

HB 231 Children with disabilities; alternative placements, state funds.

Introduced by: Nicholas J. Freitas

Summary as Introduced

Children with disabilities; alternative placements; state funds. Requires the parent of any child with a disability who is placed in a public school pursuant to his individualized education program who subsequently places his child in a nonpublic school setting to receive from the school board, upon request, the applicable Standards of Quality per pupil state funds appropriated for public school purposes and apportioned to the school division, including the per pupil share of state sales tax funding in basic aid and any state per pupil share of special education funding for which the child is eligible, to pay for tuition and fees associated with such nonpublic school setting, subject to such rules, regulations, or procedures as the Department of Education may establish. The bill requires each such parent to submit annually to the division superintendent an evaluation or assessment that indicates that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress.

Full Text

12/28/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100485D  pdf

History

12/28/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100485D
01/22/20  House: Assigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ

 

HB 332 Reading diagnostic tests; intervention.

Introduced by: Patrick A. Hope

Summary as Introduced

Reading diagnostic tests; intervention. Requires each student in kindergarten and grade one to participate in reading diagnostic tests that include a rapid automatized naming test and one or more rapid alternating stimulus tests as follows: (i) for students in kindergarten, a rapid automatized naming test and a rapid alternating stimulus test that each include colors and objects and (ii) for students in grade one, a rapid automatized naming test and two rapid alternating stimulus tests that each include colors, objects, letters, and numbers. The bill requires any student who enrolls in a public elementary school in the Commonwealth for the first time in grade two or grade three to participate in the reading diagnostic tests required for students in grade one. The bill specifies that such diagnostic tests shall consist of the RAN/RAS tests developed and published by Maryanne Wolf and Martha Bridge Denckla or a substantially similar reading diagnostic tool that is evidence-based, normed, and approved by the Department of Education. The bill requires, beginning July 1, 2021, each local school division to provide evidence-based, structured literacy instruction to students in kindergarten through grade three who fall below the benchmark on any such reading diagnostic test and requires that such structured literacy instruction be overseen and monitored by the local school division's advisor on dyslexia and related disorders, when applicable.

Full Text

01/01/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103248D  pdf

History

01/01/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103248D
02/05/20  House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education

HB 405 Menstrual supplies; certain school buildings.

Introduced by: Mark L. Keam

Summary as Introduced

Menstrual supplies; certain school buildings. Requires each school board to make tampons and pads available at all times and at no cost to students in the bathrooms of each facility that it owns, leases, or otherwise controls that houses a public school at which any student in grades five through 12 is enrolled.

Full Text

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103918D  pdf

History

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103918D
02/04/20  House: VOTE: Passage (60-Y 39-N)

HB 410 Parental notice; literacy and Response to Intervention screening and services.

Introduced by: Karrie K. Delaney

Summary as Introduced

Parental notice; literacy and Response to Intervention screening and services. Requires each local school board to enact a policy to require that notice is provided to the parents of any student who receives literacy and Response to Intervention screening and services.

Full Text

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100443D  pdf

History

01/02/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100443D
02/04/20  House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)

HB 973 Elementary and secondary schools, etc.; repealing several Acts relating to racial segregation.

Introduced by: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg |all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

Summary as Introduced

Elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth; racial segregation; repeal of provisions. Repeals several Acts of Assembly from 1901 to 1960 that contain provisions relating to the racial segregation of students in elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth.

Full Text

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102514D  pdf

History

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102514D
02/06/20  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)

HB 1012 Early childhood care and education; establishment of system, licensure.

Introduced by: David L. Bulova

Summary as Introduced

Early childhood care and education; licensing. Requires the Board of Education to establish a statewide unified public-private system for early childhood care and education in the Commonwealth to be administered by the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Department of Education. The bill transfers the authority to license and regulate child day programs and other early child care agencies from the Board of Social Services and Department of Social Services to the Board of Education and Department of Education. The bill maintains current licensure, background check, and other requirements of such programs. Such provisions of the bill have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021. The bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a plan for implementing the statewide unified early childhood care and education system and requires the Department of Social Services and the Department of Education to enter into a cooperative agreement to coordinate the transition. The bill also requires the Board of Education to establish, no later than July 1, 2021, a uniform quality rating and improvement system designed to provide parents and families with information about the quality and availability of certain publicly funded early childhood care and education providers and to publish the initial quality ratings under such system in the fall of 2022.
FULL TEXT 01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104557D  pdf

History

01/07/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104557D
01/22/20  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

HB 1321 Guardianship; supported decision making.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory

Summary as Introduced

Guardianship; supported decision making. Creates the Supported Decision-Making Act, which allows an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability to enter into an agreement with another person, called a "supporter," for the purposes of having the supporter assist the adult in making decisions to manage his affairs, giving adults who need assistance a less restrictive means of receiving such assistance than being appointed a guardian or conservator by a court.
The bill further requires a guardian ad litem in a proceeding for the appointment of a guardian or conservator to consider whether a less restrictive alternative, including the use of an advance directive or durable power of attorney, is available to provide assistance to the respondent, and it requires the guardian ad litem to include in his report to the court information as to whether a supported decision-making agreement is a viable option in lieu of guardianship or conservatorship.
The bill also provides that if the respondent to a guardianship or conservatorship petition is between 17 and a half and 21 years of age and has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the guardian ad litem appointed to represent the respondent shall review the IEP and include the results of his review in the report required to be submitted to the court, and it requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to prepare transitional materials, including information about supported decision-making agreements and guardianship to be provided to students and parents during the student's annual IEP meeting.
The bill requires the court, upon appointment of a guardian or conservator, to inform such person of his duties and that the respondent should be encouraged to participate in decisions, act on his own behalf, and develop or maintain the capacity to manage his personal affairs if he retains any decision-making rights. Finally, the bill sets out specific language to be included in all orders of appointment of a guardian.
This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103127D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103127D
02/04/20  House: Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote

HB 1355 Community Schools Planning Fund; created, community programs and services to students.

Introduced by: Sam Rasoul

Summary as Introduced

Community Services Efficiency Act; Department of Education; community schools. Requires the Department of Education to establish an interagency task force composed of state and local agencies and entities in the areas of early childhood development, health, social services, community engagement, family engagement, higher education, communities in schools, and workforce development for the purpose of developing a program for the establishment of community schools whereby public elementary and secondary schools serve as centers for the provision of such community programs and services to students and their families as may be necessary on the basis of the unique needs of the student population to be served. The bill requires such program to include a process by which school boards and community partnerships may apply to the Department of Education to designate an elementary or secondary school in the local school division as a community school. The bill also establishes a special nonreverting fund in the state treasury for the purpose of providing planning grants for school boards and community partnerships that seek to apply to the Department of Education through such program for community school designation.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101221D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101221D
02/03/20  House: Reported from Appropriations with amendment (14-Y 4-N)

HB 1432 Early childhood care and education programs, certain; parents of enrolled children.

Introduced by: Richard C. "Rip" Sullivan, Jr.
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Certain early childhood care and education programs; parents of enrolled children; car seats for field trips. Requires the Department of Social Services to adopt regulations to require the parent of any child who attends any certified preschool, child day center, child day home, or family day home, including any registered family day home, to provide an age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate car seat for his child on any day on which the child attends a field trip that requires the use of such a car seat. The bill requires the Board of Education to adopt the same regulations for any Virginia Preschool Initiative program or early childhood special education program licensed by the Board of Education and directs any Head Start program offered in the Commonwealth to adopt the same requirement.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103243D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103243D
02/04/20  House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (16-Y 5-N)

HB 1491 Student voters; public high schools to provide Virginia voter registration information.

Introduced by: Nancy D. Guy
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED Student voters; Virginia voter registration. Requires each public high school to provide to any enrolled student who is of voting age or otherwise eligible to register to vote access to Virginia voter registration information and applications and the opportunity to complete such application during the normal course of the school day.

Full Text

01/08/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20103604D  pdf

History

01/08/20  House: Presented and ordered printed 20103604D
02/03/20  House: VOTE: Passage (82-Y 16-N)

HJ 51 Early childhood mental health consultation program; DBHDS, DOE, and DSS to study developing.

Introduced by: Mark D. Sickles

Summary as Introduced

Study; DBHDS, DOE and DSS; feasibility of developing an early childhood mental health consultation program for all early care and education programs; report. Directs the Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Education, and Social Services to jointly study the feasibility of developing an early childhood mental health consultation program available to all early care and education programs serving children from birth to five years of age. The Departments shall complete their meetings by November 30, 2020, and shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and a report of their findings and recommendations for publication as a House or Senate document by the first day of the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly.

Full Text

01/05/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104885D  pdf

History

01/05/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104885D
02/03/20  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)

SB 41 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, Va. Council on; membership.

Introduced by: Bill DeSteph (by request) profiles

Summary as Introduced

Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children; membership. Adds a nonlegislative citizen member to the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children who is a military spouse serving on the Department of Education's Military Student Support Process Action Team, to be appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Full Text

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100211D  pdf

History

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100211D
11/18/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules

SB 47 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, Va. Council on the; membership.

Introduced by: Lionell Spruill, Sr.

Summary as Introduced

Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children; membership. Increases the number of nonlegislative citizen members on the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children from five members to six members and requires that a parent of a military child be included in the composition of the Council.

Full Text

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100638D  pdf

History

11/18/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100638D
11/18/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules

SB 186 Individualized education program teams; Dept. of Education to develop guidelines.

Introduced by: Siobhan S. Dunnavant

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; individualized education program teams; guidelines. Requires the Department of Education to establish guidelines for individualized education program (IEP) teams to utilize when developing IEPs for children with disabilities to ensure that IEP teams consider the need for age-appropriate instruction related to sexual health, self-restraint, self-protection, respect for personal privacy, and personal boundaries of others. The bill requires each local school board, in developing IEPs for children with disabilities, in addition to any other requirements established by the Board of Education, to ensure that IEP teams consider such guidelines.

Full Text

12/27/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101446D  pdf

History

12/27/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101446D
12/27/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

SB 728 Standards of Quality; work-based learning, teacher leaders and mentors, principal mentors.

Introduced by: Jennifer L. McClellan

Summary as Introduced

Standards of Quality; work-based learning; teacher leaders and mentors; principal mentors; certain personnel positions and initiatives. Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of a unit in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning statewide in Standard 1 and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs and the establishment of a unit in the Department of Education to oversee principal mentorship statewide in Standard 5. The bill also makes several changes relating to school personnel in Standard 2, including (i) establishing schoolwide ratios of students to teachers in certain schools with high concentrations of poverty and granting flexibility to provide compensation adjustments to teachers in such schools; (ii) requiring each school board to assign licensed personnel in a manner that provides an equitable distribution of experienced, effective teachers and other personnel among all schools in the local school division; (iii) requiring each school board to employ teacher leaders and teacher mentors at specified student-to-position ratios; (iv) requiring state funding in addition to basic aid to support at-risk students and granting flexibility in the use of such funds by school boards; (v) lowering the ratio of English language learner students to teachers; (vi) requiring each school board to employ reading specialists and establishing a student-to-position ratio for such specialists; (vii) requiring school boards to employ one full-time principal in each elementary school; (viii) lowering the ratio of students to assistant principals and school counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools; and (ix) requiring each school board to provide at least four specialized student support positions, including school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, and other licensed health and behavioral positions, per 1,000 students.

Full Text

01/07/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102125D  pdf

History

01/07/20  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102125D
01/07/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

SB 1034 Behavioral assessments and interventions; Department of Education to review certain guidelines.

Introduced by: A. Benton "Ben" Chafin

Summary as Introduced

Department of Education; behavioral assessments and interventions. Directs the Department of Education to review and revise the Guidelines for Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessment and Developing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and Strategies to align with research-based behavior science and best practices for functional behavior analysis. The bill also requires the Department to review and revise the content of the in-depth training provided to local school divisions on conducting functional behavioral analysis and developing quality behavior intervention plans.

Full Text

01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20104702D  pdf | impact statement

History

01/17/20  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20104702D
01/17/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules

Taxation

HB 158 Income tax, state; deduction for primary and secondary school tuition or home instruction expenses.

Introduced by: Mark L. Cole

Summary as Introduced

Income tax deduction; primary and secondary school tuition or home instruction expenses. Provides an income tax deduction beginning in taxable year 2020 for education expenses incurred by the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18. Qualifying education expenses for the deduction are defined in the bill as tuition for a primary or secondary school in the Commonwealth, or expenses directly related to the home instruction of children.

Full Text

12/20/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103272D  pdf

History

12/20/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103272D
12/20/19  House: Committee Referral Pending

HB 521 Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits; repealing tax credit.

Introduced by: David L. Bulova

Summary as Introduced

Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits. Repeals the Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits. Any qualifying donations made prior to July 1, 2020, shall be eligible for the credit, including the ability to carry over the credit, as it was in effect on June 30, 2020.

Full Text

01/04/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100945D  pdf

History

01/04/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100945D
01/04/20  House: Committee Referral Pending

HB 678 Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, report.

Introduced by: Dave A. LaRock

Summary as Introduced

Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts established. Permits the parents of certain children to apply to the school division in which the child resides for a one-year, renewable Parental Choice Education Savings Account that consists of an amount that is equivalent to a certain percentage of all applicable annual Standards of Quality per pupil state funds appropriated for public school purposes and apportioned to the resident school division in which the student resides, including the per pupil share of state sales tax funding in basic aid and any state per pupil share of special education funding for which the student is eligible. The bill permits the parent to use the moneys in such account for certain education-related expenses of the student, including tuition, deposits, fees, and required textbooks at a private elementary school or secondary school that is located in the Commonwealth. The bill also contains provisions relating to auditing, rescinding, and reviewing expenses made from such accounts.

Full Text

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102525D  pdf

History

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102525D
01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education