Wednesday, February 1, 2017

House Education Committee - 2/1

HB 1534 (Dickie Bell) the amended bill limits long-term suspensions to 45 days, unless aggravating circumstances exist, in which case the long-term suspension may last a maximum of 90 days. The bill was reported 15-6.

HB 1536 (Dickie Bell) the amended bill limits the length of time that a student in grades pre-K through 3 can be suspended to 5 days.  A student in grades pre-k through 3 cannot be suspended for more than 5 days or expelled, except in certain cases involving firearms or drugs. The bill was reported 14-7.

HB1829 (Dudenhefer) requires hands-on CPR training for teacher licensure and recertification.  The bill reported was reported 21-0.

HB1981 (Greason) requires BOE to promulgate regulations for the designation of School Divisions of Innovation in the local school divisions.  A School Division of Innovation would be an opportunity for a school division to innovate and be exempted from certain regulatory requirements.  The bill was reported 21-0.

HB2141 (LeMunyon) requires BOE to report on the need to retain or maintain the frequency of reports that local school divisions are required to submit.  The bill reported 21-0.

HB2142 (LeMunyon) originally delayed the implementation of the redesigned high school graduation requirements by one year.  The bill was amended in subcommittee to alter the graduation requirements but not extend the deadline for implementation. The bill was amended again in the full committee to reinstate the one-year delay.  The amended bill was  reported 18-2.

HB2218 (Miyares) was amended to authorize BOE to notify the local school board if the school board denies a charter school application and BOE finds the school board's rationale for such denial to be insufficient.  The bill was reported as amended 16-5.

HB2332 (Tyler) states that it is a goal of the Commonwealth for teacher salaries to be competitive with the national average teacher salary.  The bill was reported as amended 20-1.

HB2342 (Landes) was amended with a substitute.  The substitute would allow the BOE to establish regional charter school divisions, consisting of up to 3 underlying local school divisions that each have an enrollment of 3000 students and that each have one or more schools that have been denied accreditation for two of the last three years.  The regional charter school division would be governed by a separate board of eight members appointed by BOE and one member appointed from each underlying locality (not school board).  The regional charter school would get the per pupil state funding associated with the jurisdiction in which each student resides.  The regional charter school would not be entitled to receive any local share for such students.  The bill was reported and referred to appropriations 14-7.

HB2352 (Freitas) allows a teacher licensed in another jurisdiction to be exempt from certain assessments that are required for licensure, subject to the approval of the superintendent or school board employing such teacher.  The bill was reported with substitute 15-6. 

HB2431 (Bulova) permits a school board have a retail fee-based electric vehicle charging stations on school property.  The charging station must be limited to school board employees, students, and authorized visitors.  The bill was reported 21-0.

HB2432 (Bulova) requires BOE to make changes to its regulations regarding license revocation.  The bill will require that a superintendent investigate all complaints "immediately," that the school board hold a hearing on a petition for revocation within 90 days, and that the school board provide a copy of its investigative file to the Superintendent of Public Instruction before the hearing is held.  The bill was reported 21-0.

HB2007 (Rob Bell) requires each school board to permit any student who receives home instruction and resides in the local school division to apply for enrollment as a part-time student of the local school division in any dual enrollment course offered pursuant to an agreement for postsecondary degree attainment at a public high school in the local school division or at the comprehensive community college. The bill specifies that no such student shall be required to pay more in tuition or fees than the tuition or fees paid by public school students to enroll in such course. The bill was reported as amended 15-6.

HB2191 (Landes) Requires each school board's procedures for handling challenged controversial instructional materials to include procedures for (i) annually notifying the parent of any student enrolled in a course in which the instructional materials or related academic activities may include sexually explicit content of the potential for such sexually explicit content in such course and (ii) providing, as a replacement for instructional materials or related academic activities that include sexually explicit content, nonexplicit instructional materials or related academic activities to any student whose parent so requests. The bill was reported 17-3.

HB2054 (Kory) would have required the formula that the Board of Education uses to collect, analyze, report, and make available to the public high school graduation and dropout data to exclude any student who fails to graduate on time because of an extenuating circumstance. The bill would have required the Board of Education to enumerate qualifying extenuating circumstances by regulation. The bill was laid on the table.