Cumulative Summary of 2020 Education Bills
January 12, 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
11/19/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/01/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/02/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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

01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education

 


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

11/18/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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
11/18/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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
12/20/19  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice



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
01/02/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health


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
01/06/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

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

01/02/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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

11/18/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
12/13/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
12/30/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
12/30/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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
11/18/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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
11/19/19  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice



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
01/07/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

 

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
01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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
01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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
01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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
01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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
01/07/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



SB 299 Potable water; purified water bottle filling station.

Introduced by: William M. Stanley, Jr.

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
01/05/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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
12/20/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
11/18/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections



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
01/06/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

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
01/02/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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
01/06/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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
01/06/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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
12/20/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
12/27/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
12/28/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
12/30/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/03/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/04/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/05/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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
01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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
12/12/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

Instructional Technology

None at this time.

Personnel

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
11/18/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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 12/29/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/02/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/02/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/03/20  House: Committee Referral Pending

 



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
11/18/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology



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
12/05/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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
12/18/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health



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
12/19/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

Professional Development

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

Introduced by: David A. Reid 

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
01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education

 



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.

FULL TEXT

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
12/20/19  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice



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
01/07/20  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

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
01/08/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/06/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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
01/07/20  House: Committee Referral Pending

School Board Governance

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
01/07/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education

 


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
12/30/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
12/31/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/03/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/04/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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)

HISTORY

01/06/20  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100489D
01/06/20  House: Committee Referral Pending

Standards of Quality/Standards of Accreditation

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
12/18/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

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.

FULL TEXT

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
01/02/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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.

FULL TEXT

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
01/10/20  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)



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

Introduced by: Joseph P. McNamara

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.

FULL TEXT

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
11/25/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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.

FULL TEXT

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
12/17/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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.

FULL TEXT

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
12/18/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
12/28/19  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/01/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/02/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/02/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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

Introduced by: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg

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
01/07/20  House: Committee Referral Pending



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
01/07/20  House: Referred to Committee on Education



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
01/08/20  House: Committee Referral Pending

 

 

 

 



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

Introduced by: Bill DeSteph (by request)

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

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