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Mar 13

General Assembly Review

 

The 2012 General Assembly Session ended amid a flurry of last minute voting on key legislation, amendments to a number of controversial bills and a decision to heed the Governor’s call for a special budget session. Members agreed to take a few days to “cool off” before returning to Richmond on March 21.  

After almost two weeks of waiting for a vote, the fate of HB 576, the Administration’s “contract” bill, was finally decided.  Debate on both sides of the issue was heated, with proponents of the issue claiming that school administrators do the “lemon dance” with teachers rather than take the time and effort to have them dismissed.  In other words, as was touted, they trade poor teachers off among schools.  Senator Puckett, an opponent of the bill and former principal, countered that HB 576 had nothing to do with improving teacher performance.  He told senators that school administrators work with teachers who need additional help in order to reach their potential and have the tools and the will to get rid of bad teachers.  In a surprise move, three former proponents of the bill voted with the majority to carry the bill over.  VASSP has been consistent in its opposition to the Governor’s contract bill and communicated our arguments to all senators prior to the vote.  SB 217, that would shift the burden of kinship care agreements to local school divisions, passed with a favorable amendment to allow school administrators to request that both the sending and receiving social services departments sign off on kinship care agreements. 

The 2012 Session often put Virginia in the national spotlight, and not in a favorable light, and was marked by contention over power-sharing in the Senate, budget issues and vigorous and heated debate over social issues in both Houses.  Although there were defeats for K-12, including bills to grant tax credits for scholarship donations to private schools, there were positive outcomes as well.  A budget compromise was not realized during the regular 2012 Session, but many are hopeful that the special budget session will produce positive results and end the budget stalemate.  Each of the budget proposals from the House and Senate money committees included funding for K-12 in excess of the Governor’s recommendations.   

VASSP opposed a number of bills that were defeated, including all nine discipline and notification bills, a bill to require schools to report unlawful immigrant status, observation of students by parents upon request, a mandate to allow homeschool students to try out for interscholastic activities in public schools and the Governor’s contract bill to extend the probationary period from three to five years and end continuing contracts in favor of three-year term contracts.   

The VASSP team was successful because of member input and action, a daily lobbying presence during the Session and a hands-on, vigilant Board of Directors who were consistently responsive to communications from Executive Director Dr. Randy Barrack and Director of Government Relations Bet Neale.  Teamwork and member involvement makes the difference.   

Stay in tune and in touch for the special budget session and other ongoing legislative issues and meetings that will continue to affect middle and high school principals and assistant principals.  

An updated legislative report follows and includes key legislation Passed or Carried Over and those bills that Failed.  RECENT UPDATES TO KEY EDUCATION BILLS ARE ITALICIZED AND UNDERLINED. Click on the bill number to read the text of the legislation. 

 

PASSED/REMAINING

 

HB 76 Teachers; date changes for contract renewal for those without continuing contract status.
HB 96 Accreditation of schools; delayed implementation of certain statutes and regulations.
HB 250 Instructional spending; requires each local school board to report.
HB 325 Students with autism spectrum disorders; school board to require training of personnel.
HB 367 Education, Department of; shall annually publish disciplinary offense and outcome data.
HB 424 School records; self-authentication.
HB 508 Cannabinoids, synthetic; amends provisions regarding criminalization.
HB 578 Teacher licensure; Board of Education to develop criteria for those who teach only online courses.
HB 603 School divisions, local; open enrollment policies.
HB 640 Public schools; clarifies language relating to enrollment of military children.
HB 642 High school accreditation; Board of Education to adopt regulation adjusting formula for calculating.
HB 886 Truancy; Board of Education shall promulgate regulations to address.
HB 1061 Secondary school graduation requirements; diplomas.
HB 1089 Public schools; immunization requirements.
HB 1092 Physical education; Board of Education to develop regulations governing requirements in schools.
HB 1107 Public schools; possession and administration of auto-injectable epinephrine.
HB 1108 Career and technical education; industry certifications mandatory part of program.
HB 1152 Threat assessment teams; authorized to receive health and criminal history records of students.
HB 1173 Charter schools, public; funding, service contracts, and appeals.
HB 1179 Public schools; providing character education program during regular school year or summer.
HB 1184 Public education; dual enrollment for high school students.
HB 1188 Human trafficking; Board of Education to provide information for public schools.
HB 1189 Public schools; student data requests.
HB 1295 State mandates; eliminating on local and regional government entities relating to education, etc.
SB 131 Income tax, corporate; tax credits for donations to non-profit organizations, etc.
SB 190 Public schools; clarifies language relating to enrollment of military children.
SB 204 Children in foster care; school placement.
SB 217 Public schools; residency of children in kinship care. AMENDED
SB 239 Child abuse and neglect; mandatory reporting, penalties.
SB 259 Human trafficking; Board of Education to provide information for public schools.
SB 278 Teachers; date changes for contract renewal for those without continuing contract status.
SB 299 Kinship foster care placements; Commissioner of Social Services may grant variance from requirement.
SB 471 Physical education; Board of Education to develop regulations governing requirements in schools. AMENDED
SB 489 Secondary school graduation requirements; diplomas.
SB 497 Virginia Retirement System; local government and school board employees, contributions.
SB 514 High school accreditation; Board of Education to adopt regulation adjusting formula for calculating.
SB 656 Public schools; possession and administration of auto-injectable epinephrine.

 

FAILED/CARRIED OVER   

HB 4 Child abuse or neglect; athletic coach or director of public school, etc. required to report to DSS.
HB 15 School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting and determining opening of school year.
HB 43 School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting and determining opening of school year.
HB 78 Instructional spending; local school board to report expenditures annually.
HB 94 School boards, local; meeting procedures.
HB 110 Student driver education; instruction on organ donation.
HB 113 School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting and determining opening of school year.
HB 138 Public schools; impact of unlawful aliens, report.
HB 200 Assault and battery; any adult who commits on school grounds is guilty of Class 1 misdemeanor.
HB 215 Child abuse and neglect; mandatory reporting, penalties.
HB 224 Standards of Learning; Board of Education to adopt regulations allowing students to retake.
HB 225 Standards of Learning; establishes alternative accreditation and student growth measures.
HB 254 School calendar; local school boards allowed to set opening of school year.
HB 257 Defined contribution retirement plan; permits any locality or school board to establish.
HB 365 Student suspension or expulsion from school; requires superintendent to ensure continued education.
HB 366 Suspension and expulsion; prohibits instances of disorderly or disruptive behavior offenses.
HB 400 School boards, local; policies permitting parents to observe children.
HB 421 Standards of Quality; apportionment of state and local share.
HB 468 Public school funding; Department of Education to adjust local composite index (LCI) calculation.
HB 469 Algebra readiness assessment; Board of Education to develop or approve for students.
HB 488 Interscholastic activities; requires Board of Education to act as liaisons.
HB 544 Suspension and expulsion; prohibits instances of disorderly or disruptive behavior offenses.
HB 547 School divisions, local; may use unexpended state funds to provide one-time bonus to teachers.

HB 576 Public schools; teacher contract and evaluation policies.  CARRIED OVER
HB 602 School calendar; local school divisions to set.
HB 641 Children; employment certificate requirements.
HB 653 School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting and determining opening of school year.
HB 654 Smoking; prohibition on grounds of public schools, etc.
HB 656 Parental notification; school investigations.
HB 727 Statewide uniform grading policy; requires Board of Education to establish.
HB 873 Direct Aid to Public Education; amends by lowering maximum Composite Index rate.
HB 887 Student suspension or expulsion from school; requires superintendent to ensure continued education.
HB 905 Nonpublic school students; organizations governing participation in interscholastic programs.
HB 947 Nonpublic school students; organizations governing participation in interscholastic programs.
HB 986 Cannabinoids, synthetic; amends provisions regarding criminalization.
HB 991 Charter schools; school personnel need not be employees of local school board.
HB 1005 Nonpublic school students; organizations governing participation in interscholastic programs.
HB 1031 Advanced placement tests; course credit.
HB 1063 School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting and determining opening of school year.
HB 1080 Student discipline; parental notification.
HB 1112 Human papillomavirus vaccine; eliminates requirement of vaccination for female children.
HB 1156 Public schools; administration of auto-injectable epinephrine.
HB 1176 Juvenile law-enforcement records; discloser of certain confidential records to school principal.
HB 1272 Virtual school program; Standards of Quality per pupil funding transferred from school division.
HJ 66 Public schools; JLARC to study suspension and expulsion practices, etc.
SB 118 Virginia Public School Improvement Program; established.
SB 119 Teachers, temporarily employed; prohibits school board from hiring in core subjects of English, etc.
SB 131 Income tax, corporate; tax credits for donations to non-profit organizations, etc.
SB 167 Student discipline; parental notification by school principal or his designee.
SB 168 Public schools; closed-circuit cameras prohibited for purpose of monitoring student conduct.
SB 198 Health insurance; credits provided for retired school division employees.
SB 200 Public school textbooks; when referring to Sea of Japan, note that is also referred to as East Sea.
SB 241 Tax credits; businesses providing assistance to low-income families, etc., in private schools.
SB 256 Public schools; physical activity requirement.
SB 269 Physical education, high school; JROTC participation fulfills requirement.
SB 329 Early education; parental obligation.
SB 389 Pneumatic gun ordinance; allows locality to prohibit possession on school property, etc., exception.
SB 391 Parental notification; school investigations.
SB 399 Deaf and hard-of-hearing children; special education.
SB 438 Public schools; teacher contract and evaluation policies.
SB 467 Smoking; prohibition on public school grounds and public school administration building.
SB 506 Defined contribution retirement plan; permits any locality or school board to establish.
SB 513 Career and technical education; substitution for required credits.
SB 529 Real estate tax; exemption for disabled veterans.