May 28

Legislation Update for Administrators

The VDOE through Superintendent’s Memo #136-13, Final Legislative Report on the 2013 General Assembly, has released a list of legislation that will go into effect July 1, 2013. Several of the pieces of the legislation that will affect middle/high schools are listed below.    http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2013/136-13.shtml


HB 1858 Requires the Board of Education to develop, by July 1, 2014, a model waiver form for use by any entity providing a career and technical occupational experience for public secondary students.
HB 2101
SB 1248
Requires the Board of Education to develop guidelines for the
establishment of High School to Work Partnerships between public high schools and local businesses to create apprenticeships, internships, and job shadow programs in a variety of trades and skilled labor positions.  These guidelines must include a model waiver form to be used by high schools and local businesses in connection with the Partnership Program to protect both the students and the businesses from liability.  Local school boards may encourage high school career and technical education administrators to collaborate with school counselors to establish these partnerships.

HB 1866 Removes certain weapons from the definition of firearm that is used to expel a student for possession on school property or at a school-sponsored activity.
HB 2345 Requires the Virginia Center for School Safety to develop, in conjunction with the Department of State Police, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and the Department of Education a model critical incident response training program for public schools.  In consultation with the Department of Education, the Center for School Safety is required to provide schools with a model policy for the establishment of threat assessment teams for each school, including procedures for the assessment of an intervention for students whose behavior poses a threat to the safety of school staff or students.
HB 1350 Requires local school divisions to provide targeted mathematics remediation and intervention to students in grades six through eight who show computational deficiencies as demonstrated by their individual performance on any diagnostic test or grade-level Standards of Learning (SOL) mathematic assessment that measures non-calculator computational skills.
HB 1999
SB 1207
Establishes an A to F grading system of individual school performance that includes the SOA, state and federal accountability requirements, and student growth indicators in assigning grades.  By July 31, 2013, the Board of Education must approve student growth indicators.  By December 1, 2013, the Department of Education must submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly on the approval of student growth indicators and their uses.  By October 1, 2014, the Board is required to assign a grade from A to F to each public school in the Commonwealth; make both the system and the grade assigned to each school in the Commonwealth available to the public; and report to the General Assembly a summary of the system and the assigned grades.  (See SB 1167)

Teachers and Administrators

HB 1388
SB 936
Changes the deadline for a local school board to notify principals, assistant principals, or supervisors under continuing contract of their reassignment to teaching positions from April 15 to June 15.
HB 2151
SB 1223
Makes changes to the processes by which teachers and administrators are evaluated.  The bill requires teachers, assistant principals, and principals to be evaluated every year, either formally or informally, and such evaluations to include student academic progress as a significant component and an overall summative rating.  The bill allows local school boards to increase the term of probationary service required before a teacher becomes eligible for a continuing contract from three years to five years.  The bill also changes the grievance procedure for teachers by giving local school boards the option to assign a grievance hearing to be heard by an impartial hearing officer designated by the local school board and by removing the option for a grievance to be heard in front of a fact-finding panel.