The subcommittee and committee dockets have been fairly light this week. Lots of legislation has either passed or been defeated and much of the focus has been on the recently released budget proposals.
On Monday, SB291 (Carrico) was unanimously reported and referred to the Appropriations Committee. This legislation imposes certain evaluation requirements, including evaluation by a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, for students with visual impairment.
Tuesday morning the House Education Reform subcommittee met to discuss SB172, SB276, SB324, SB499 and SB539.
SB172 (Stuart) was conformed to HB410 (Anderson) and unanimously reported. The legislation requires each non-interscholastic youth sports program utilizing public school property to either establish policies and procedures based on either the local school division's policies and procedures or the Board of Education's guidelines regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student-athletes or follow the policies and procedures regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions required of local school divisions in existing law.
SB276 (Favola) allows the local school board to require that current students of an existing public school that is to be converted and their siblings be given enrollment priority over the open enrollment lottery. This legislation was reported.
SB324 (Miller) relating to A-F school grading was conformed to HB1229 (Landes) to delay the implementation of school grading by one year. The bill was reported 5-2.
SB499 (Hanger) was tabled by the subcommittee on a 5-2 vote. This legislation allowed for the delay of transfer to the Opportunity Educational Institution by one year.
Finally, SB539 (Howell) was unanimously tabled by the subcommittee. The legislation required the Secretary of Education to report on the Commonwealth’s activities relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Career Readiness.
Tuesday afternoon the Senate Committee on Local Government met and discussed a few bills of interest to VSBA.
HB594 (BaCote) and HB1080 (Garrett) were rolled together and conformed to SB163. This legislation extends the Commission on Local Government Mandates Review to July 1, 2018. Additionally, it expands the membership to seven members and adds two non-government appointees with a background in business.
HB1011 (Byron) also reported from the committee. It extends the Commission on Local Government Mandates Review to July 1, 2018.
This morning the full House Education committee briefly met to act on items from Tuesday’s subcommittee.
SB172 (Stuart) was reported unanimously with the substitute.
SB324 (Miller) was reported unanimously with the substitute.
SB276 (Favola) was reported 21-1 with the substitute.
Immediately following the full committee the Elementary and Secondary Education subcommittee met for its final meeting.
Due to concerns from stakeholders SB588 (Black) was stricken from the docket by the patron.
SB107 (Stanley) was reported and referred to the Appropriations committee. This bill establishes a STEM grant program. The donations must be used by the qualified schools to support STEM programs. Qualified schools are public elementary and secondary schools where at least 40 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Grants are capped at $50,000 per organization per year.
SB168 (Stanley) was reported and referred to the Appropriations committee. This bill provides a grant of $5,000 to new and experienced teachers who relocate to either a school where at least 40 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch or to a school in a locality with a population of 50,000 or less.
SB672 (Favola) allows the Board of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB) to create criteria and procedures for all out-of-state students to attend VSDB. There will be a tuition charged to these out-of-state students. This bill was reported unanimously from the subcommittee.
SB155 (Miller) was tabled by the subcommittee. This legislation required at least 20 minutes of physical activity per day or an average of 100 minutes per week for students in grades kindergarten through five.
SB562 (Locke) reported unanimously from the subcommittee. This bill allows the school board that partners with a college partnership laboratory school to charge tuition to students enrolled in the college partnership laboratory school who do not reside within the partnering division.
SB153 (Stuart) was reported 8-1 from the subcommittee. This bill only impacts Planning District 16 that includes Stafford, Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George and Spotsylvania. It expands eligibility for services through the Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families program to students who transfer from an approved private school special education program to a public school special education program for the purpose of providing special education and related services when the public school special educational program is able to provide services comparable to those of an approved private school special educational program.