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Jan 10

General Assembly 2014 Is In Session

Our legislators are gathering in Richmond beginning this week to ponder, participate and pass legislation for the Commonwealth.  While education issues are not their total focus by any means, for building principals education policy and the associated guidelines are significant to school operation and instruction.  A quick review of the proposed legislation, both for the House and Senate, lists former bills not passed, but which are returning again this year.  New legislation in this session’s list brings hope for positive action in public schools.

Listed below are some of the House and Senate bills proposed for this session. Bet Neale, VASSP Director of Goverment Relations developed this list for VASSP.  This is not a total list.  You may access the complete listing of bills at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/

 HB 21 Employee firearms training. Requires every school board in the Commonwealth to

designate at least one qualified person for every school in the district who, upon application

with the school board, may carry a concealed handgun on school property.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

HB 63 Public school interscholastic programs; participation by students receiving home

instruction. Note: Likely to pass House and Senate Ed – chance to defeat in full Senate; some

ducks think it might be “interesting” to take offense and indicate if these students take SOL or

equivalent, follow all rules of school, pay fee, etc. they are welcome to try out for teams???

Chief patron: Bell, Robert B.

HB 66 School resource officers; local school board to place officer in each public school.

Requires that there be a school resource officer in each public elementary and secondary

school.

Chief patron: Ramadan

HB 113 Opportunity Educational Institution; abolished.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

HB 114 Private or religious schools; possession of firearm, etc., on school property.

Chief patron: Cole

HB 134 Diabetes; care of students who have been diagnosed. Parent may designate in a

diabetes care plan a delegated care aide to provide diabetes care for the student when a

school nurse or physician is not present in the school or at a school-sponsored activity –

delegated care aide to receive training in diabetes care; every school employee to receive

basic training in responses to emergency situations; changes from one to two the minimum

number of employees in a school that must be trained with regard to a student with diabetes

who attends the school.

Chief patron: Cole

HB 172 Standards of Learning tests; expedited retake. Requires the Board of Education to

promulgate regulations to provide the same criteria for eligibility for an expedited retake of

any Standards of Learning test to all students regardless of grade level or course.

Chief patron: Farrell

HB 175 Administration of Standards of Learning assessments. Requires the BOE to make SOL

assessments available to each local school board in advance of each school year; requires

the school board to administer such assessments on the date during the school year that

the board deems most appropriate to evaluate each student’s knowledge, application of

knowledge, critical thinking, and skills related to the Standards of Learning being assessed.

Chief patron: Farrell

HB 198 Sufficient cause for suspension or expulsion. Prohibits an incident that occurs in any

setting other than on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity from

being deemed sufficient cause for the suspension or expulsion of a student, except in cases in

which the division superintendent has received a report of an adjudication of delinquency or a

conviction for a certain criminal offense. NOTE: Talking to Landes to explain concerns including

cyberbullying, etc.

Chief patron: Landes

HB 228 Evaluation by certified Teacher of Visually Impaired. Requires each visually impaired

student to be evaluated by a certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired and requires the

student to receive instruction in Braille or the use of Braille unless the team responsible for

developing the student’s IEP

Chief patron: Cole

HB 318 A-to-F school grading system. abolish

HB 447 Standards of Learning assessments. Requires the number and type of assessments to

meet but not exceed the minimal requirements established by the federal Elementary and

Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, except that the Board of Education is permitted

to administer additional assessments in science and social sciences in grades five and eight.

Chief patron: Minchew

HB 472 Parental responsibility to prevent bullying. Authorizes principals to request that

parents meet with the principal or his designee to receive training in bullying prevention.

Chief patron: McQuinn

HB 493 Limited public forums for student religious viewpoint expression. Policy to permit a

student speaker to express a religious viewpoint at all school events at which a student is

permitted to publicly speak. The policy shall declare each such school event to be a limited

public forum, provide a neutral method for the selection of student speakers, and require

each school principal to provide a disclaimer in advance of each such school event that the

school division does not endorse any religious viewpoint that may be expressed by student

speakers.

Chief patron: Lingamfelter

HB 498 Standards of Learning assessments and alternative assessment tools. Standards of

Learning assessments administered to students (i) in grade three to be limited to English

and mathematics, (ii) in grade four to be limited to English, mathematics, and the Virginia

and Community history and social science assessment, (iii) in grade five to be limited to

English, writing, mathematics, and science, and (iv) in grade six to be limited to English and

mathematics, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. The bill requires the history and

social science Standards of Learning assessment in grades seven through 12 to be limited to

History, Economy, and Civics in grade eight and Modern World and United States History in

grade 10, 11, or 12, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. NOTE: We spoke to Krupicka

today – he understands that his bill will likely be rolled into a Republican bill, likely Greason,

since he is chair of House Ed sub. Expect revisions, etc.

Chief patron: Krupicka

HB 515 Statements of students; admissibility; parental notification. Provides that statements

made by a student to a school employee as a result of an interrogation are inadmissible in a

delinquency proceeding unless the student’s custodian was present at the time the statement

was made. The bill also makes mandatory the notification of the parents of any student who

violates certain school board policy or compulsory school attendance requirements and allows

such notification to be made by an administrative designee as well as the school principal.

Chief patron: Minchew

HB 553 A-to-F school grading system. Changes the A-to-F school grading system by

requiring the Board of Education, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, to assign

each public elementary and secondary school five separate grades based on (i) individual

school performance and (ii) the performance of students who are (a) receiving special

education, (b) enrolled in English as a second language (ESL) programs, (c) eligible to receive

free or reduced price meals, and (d) not eligible to receive free or reduced price meals.

Chief patron: Krupicka

HB 618 Individual school performance grading system. Delays from October 1, 2014, to

October 1, 2017, the date by which the Board of Education is required to implement the A to F

individual school performance grading system. The bill requires the Board to report individual

school take into account certain additional factors in assigning grades including all state

mandated assessments.

Chief patron: Mason

HB 640 Standards of Learning assessments. Provides that the number and type of

Standards of Learning assessments shall meet but not exceed the minimal requirements

established by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Chief patron: Campbell

HB 726 Suspension and expulsion of students. Requires that each student who is suspended

or expelled from attendance shall be afforded the opportunity to continue to progress in the

curriculum of the school division during the suspension or expulsion. The bill also requires any

student who is suspended for more than 10 days cumulatively in a school year to receive a

plan of positive behavioral interventions, strategies, and supports to address the student’s

behavior so that it does not continue to impede the student’s learning or other students’

learning.

Chief patron: McClellan

HB 850 Standards of Learning assessments; Board of Education no later than January 1, 2015,

to make recommendations to the General Assembly for reducing the frequency with which

Standards of Learning assessments are administered to students while ensuring adequate

measurement of student academic achievement.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

HB 930 Standards of Learning assessments; reform. Provides that (i) the number and type of

Standards of Learning assessments shall meet the minimal requirements established by the

federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, and (ii) beginning with

the 2014-2015 school year, the Board of Education shall administer the following Standards

of Learning assessments: (a) reading and mathematics in grades three and four; (b) reading,

writing, mathematics, and science in grade five; (c) reading and mathematics in grade six;

(d) reading, mathematics, and civics in grade seven; (e) reading, mathematics, and science in

grade eight; and (f) algebra 1, algebra 2, biology, chemistry, reading, writing, United States

history, world history 1, and world history 2 once each in grades nine through 12. The bill

permits the Board to subsequently reduce the Standards of Learning assessments administered

as long as the number and type of assessments meet the minimal requirements established by

federal law. The bill also requires the Board of Education to establish Standards of Learning

Revision Committees for each Standards of Learning subject area that will convene at least

two years prior to any Board review of the Standard of Learning in the relevant subject area

to perform several tasks, including (i) recommending changes to the Standard of Learning and

(ii) developing and updating an assessment bank that includes formative and performance-
based assessments that are aligned to the Standards of Learning and that are used at the local

level by teachers for diagnostic purposes and planning instruction.

Chief patron: Greason

HB 1054 High school diploma course and credit requirements; computer science. Requires

the Board of Education to consider all computer science course credits earned by students

to be science course credits in establishing course and credit requirements for a high school

diploma.

Chief patron: Loupassi

HB 1066 Industry certification and state licensure examinations; substitution for S.O.L.

assessments. Requires the Board of Education to authorize local school boards to select and

substitute industry certification and state licensure examinations for Standards of Learning

assessments for the purpose of awarding verified units of credit for career and technical

education courses.

Chief patron: Webert

SB 43 Teachers; extends deadline to request hearing after receiving notice of dismissal.

Chief patron: Favola

SB 155 Physical activity requirement. Requires at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day

during the regular school year for students in grades kindergarten through eight.

Chief patron: Miller

SB 236 Right to religious viewpoint expression. Codifies the right of students to (i) voluntarily

pray or engage in religious activities or religious expression before, during, and after the school

day in the same manner and to the same extent that students may engage in nonreligious

activities or expression; (ii) organize prayer groups, religious clubs, “see you at the pole”

gatherings, or other religious gatherings before, during, and after school to the same extent

that students are permitted to organize other activities and groups; and (iii) wear clothing,

accessories, or jewelry that display religious messages or religious symbols in the same manner

and to the same extent that other types of clothing, accessories, and jewelry are permitted. The

bill also requires each school division to adopt a policy to permit a student speaker to express

a religious viewpoint at any school event at which a student is permitted to publicly speak.

The policy shall declare each such school event to be a limited public forum, provide a neutral

method for the selection of student speakers, and require each school principal to provide a

disclaimer in advance of each such school event that the school division does not endorse any

religious viewpoint that may be expressed by student speakers.

Chief patron: Carrico

SB 240 Withholding child from custodial parent. Makes it a Class 3 misdemeanor for any

principal, assistant principal, or supervisor employed by a local school board who fails to

or refuses to release a child into the custody of the child’s custodial parent or other legal

custodian, unless such failure or refusal is necessitated by a critical event or emergency

governed by the school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plan.

Chief patron: Carrico