Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Thursday's Heavy Agenda

Tomorrow (Thursday, January 30) should be an interesting and very busy day at the General Assembly for VSBA and the other education groups.  The day will start with the 7:30 a.m. meeting of the Reform Subcommittee of the House Education Committee.  That subcommittee will consider all of the bills dealing with A-F school grading, the Labor Day/school calendar bills,  three bills dealing with electronic textbooks, the school board member training bill, and several others.  Click here for more information about that subcommittee meeting tomorrow morning.

Then, starting at 8:30 a.m. the Senate Education and Health Committee - with a new chair (Lucas), different members, and a Democrat majority - will meet.  Not only does the Committee have a very full agenda but it will also be interesting to see how the newly constitute committee operates after yesterday's shakeup in the Senate.  The Committee is scheduled to take up a number of important education bills including bills relating to a physical activity requirement, withholding a student from a parent, students with visual impairments, students with diabetes, charter school enrollment, A-F school grading, student discipline, Opportunity Educational Institution, full day kindergarten, student data privacy, and SOL assessment reform.  Click here to see the full agenda for this meeting.

Then at 4:00 p.m. the Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee of the House Education Committee will meet.  The subcommittee will consider bills on student discipline, special education programs, employee lactation support, among others.  Click here to see the agenda. 

Stay tuned for updates as tomorrow unfolds.