Dec 10

Ho..Ho..Ho..It’s That Time of the Year Again!

It’s not  just time for Santa to visit us in Virginia again, but rather some of his “elves” who are preparing legislation for the 2015 General Assembly of Virginia. While that thought may thrill some school administrators, others may consider some more like a lump of coal being delivered to your school inbox.

Yes, as you read this, your state Senators and members of the House of Representatives are entering education bills that you may totally agree with and others, well, not so much.  The number of bills related to education is limited now, but it will grow in the next few weeks. The General Assembly will convene on January 14th, so there is still time for extra entries. Listed below are some of the early deliveries that your legislators hope will be on your list for 2015.

House offerings:

HB1302 – Requires the Board of Education to adopt regulations to provide the same criteria for eligibility for an expedited retake of any SOL test to all students regardless of grade level or course.

HB1306 – Graduation requirements; naturalization test; Directs the Board of Education in establishing course and credit requirements for a high school diploma to require each eleventh grade student to achieve a passing score on the civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization Test based  on the current scoring guidelines adopted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year.

HB 1309 – Local School Boards; arming of School Security Officers – Permits local school boards to arm school security officers with batons, stun weapons or any spray device designed to incapacitate…

HB 1320 – Teacher Licensure Renewal – Prohibits the Board of Education from requiring any teacher seeking renewal of a license to satisfy professional development requirements by completing coursework and earning credit at an institution of higher education at his own expense.

HB 1351 – Diploma Seals; biliteracy. Directs the Board of Education to award a diploma seal for biliteracy for any student who meets the criteria for general academic achievement and demonstrates proficiency in a foreign language through testing or coursework.

Stay tuned for more. If you would like access to more information, please go to: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+lst+ALL+HB1352