Education

2022 Priority Bills

2022 Priority Bills

Education

Cat Number Title House Senate GA / Gov updated
Support education HB 853 Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program Fund; unused funds; Enslaved Ancestors College. more...
Requires any moneys remaining in the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program Fund, including interest thereon, at the end of each fiscal year to be distributed in equal parts to each of the five public institutions of higher education that are required to implement and execute the Enslaved Ancestors College Access Scholarship and Memorial Program ...
Stricken 1/31/22
Support education HB 860 Teacher Training Corps; established, report. more...
Establishes the Teacher Training Corps for the purpose of attracting and retaining public elementary and secondary school teachers in school divisions in the Commonwealth by awarding scholarships to students who obtain teaching degrees and certifications at participating institutions and requiring such students to fill teacher positions for specified periods of time at high-needs schools, as defined in the bill, and meet other requirements. ...
Left 2/15/22
Support education HB 1135 Standards of Quality; work-based learning; teacher leaders and mentors; principal mentors. more...
Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of units in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and principal mentorship statewide and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs in Standard 5....
Left 2/15/22
Support education SB 157 Competitive compensation for certain positions in public elementary and secondary schools. more...
Declares it the goal of the Commonwealth that its public school teachers and all other individuals employed in Standards of Quality-funded positions be compensated at a rate that is competitive, defined as at or above the national average salary for the position, in order to attract and keep highly qualified individuals in such positions....
Continued 2/9/22
Support education SB 454 Teacher Training Corps; established, report. more...
Establishes the Teacher Training Corps for the purpose of attracting and retaining public elementary and secondary school teachers in school divisions in the Commonwealth by awarding scholarships to students who obtain teaching degrees and certifications at participating institutions and requiring such students to fill teacher positions for specified periods of time at high-needs schools, as defined in the bill, and meet other requirements. ...
Continued 2/2/22
Support education SB 481 School boards and local governing bodies; unexpended local funds, etc. more...
Encourages each school board to enter into a collaborative agreement with the local governing body to set aside in a separate fund any sums appropriated to the school board by the local governing body that are unexpended by the school board in any year in order to use such sums to finance school maintenance, renovation, or construction in the local school division. The bill declares any school board that fails to enter into such a collaborative agreement ineligible to participate in any state gr
Left Passed 3/15/22
Support education SB 490 Standards of Quality; work-based learning; teacher leaders and mentors; principal mentors. more...
Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of units in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and principal mentorship statewide and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs in Standard 5. ...
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Oppose education HB 4 Requires school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense. more...
Requires that school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Under current law, principals are required to make such reports only for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Oppose education HB 9 Public school teachers; probationary term of service, grounds for dismissal, and dismissal hearings. more...
Permits each school board to extend for up to two additional years the three-year probationary term of service that is required for each teacher in the school division before the issuance of a continuing contract and prohibits each school board from reemploying a teacher whose performance evaluation during such probationary period is not satisfactory. ...
Passed PBI 2/17/22
Oppose education HB 12 Public school buildings; limits entry points, screening individuals. more...
Requires each local school board to (i) limit to the lowest feasible number the entry points in each public school building in the local school division, (ii) ensure that each individual who seeks to enter any school building in the local school division is screened with a handheld metal detector wand by a school security officer or another appropriate school board employee who is appropriately trained in such method of screening, (iii) require each such school security officer or other appropri
Left 2/15/22
Oppose education HB 59 School principals; incident reports. more...
Requires that school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Under current law, principals are required to make such reports only for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.
Left 2/15/22
Oppose education HB 127 Academic year Governor's Schools; certain practices prohibited and permitted. more...
Prohibits any academic year Governor's School or governing board member, director, administrator, or employee thereof from (i) discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin; (ii) engaging in proxy discrimination, as defined in the bill, in student admissions; or (iii) seeking information on students' race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin during the application process for admission to
Passed Passed Signed 4/12/22
Oppose education HB 781 Public elementary and secondary schools; student citizenship skills. more...
...The bill prohibits the Board and Department of Education and each local school board from teaching, instructing, or training certain individuals and groups, including teachers and students, to support, believe, endorse, embrace, confess, act upon, or otherwise assent to a divisive concept, as defined in the bill, or penalizing or discriminating against any such individual or group for refusing to do so ...
Left 2/15/22
Oppose education SB 2 Requires school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense... more...
School principals; incident reports. Requires that school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Under current law, principals are required to make such reports only for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.
Incorp 2/12/22
Oppose education SB 20 Treatment of transgender students; model policies. more...
Eliminates the requirement that each school board adopt policies that are consistent with the model policies developed by the Department of Education concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools.
PBI 2/4/22
Oppose education SB 36 School principals; incident reports. more...
Requires that school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Under current law, principals are required to make such reports only for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.
Passed Passed Signed 6/17/22
No. of bills: 16


2021 Priority Bills

Education

Cat Number Title House Senate GA / Gov updated
Support education HB 1904 Teachers and other licensed school board employees; cultural competency. more...
Requires teacher, principal, and division superintendent evaluations to include an evaluation of cultural competency. The bill requires every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license from the Board of Education (i) to complete instruction or training in cultural competency and (ii) with an endorsement in history and social sciences to complete instruction in African American history, as prescribed by the Board.
Passed Passed Approved 12/3/21
Support education HJ 537 Racism; General Assembly to recognize as a public health crisis. more...
Racism; public health crisis. Recognizes that racism is a public health crisis in Virginia.
Passed Passed 12/3/21
No. of bills: 2

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