Standards of Quality; support services staff ratios. (SB61)

Introduced By

Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Standards of Quality; Standard 2, support services staff ratios. Amends Standard 2 of the Standards of Quality to (i) provide the same staffing levels for elementary school principals as middle and high school principals, i.e., one each full-time to be employed on a 12-month basis; (ii) increase the staffing level for assistant principals to one full-time assistant principal for every 400 students to obtain the same staffing levels in elementary, middle, and high schools; (iii) require one reading specialist per 1,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12; and (iv) require speech-language pathologists to be employed in sufficient numbers to ensure a caseload that does not exceed 60 students per position. Current funding levels for these support staff positions are: one half-time principal per 299 students in an elementary school; one half-time assistant principal in an elementary school per 600 students, one full-time assistant principal in an elementary school per 900 students, and one full-time assistant principal in middle and high schools per 600 students; and one reading specialist per elementary school at the discretion of the local school board. Currently, speech-language pathologists are not required by statute. A second enactment clause requires that the provisions of this act will not become effective unless the 2006 appropriation act, as it becomes law, includes funding for such provisions. Read the Bill »


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01/03/2006Prefiled and& ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 067039808
01/03/2006Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/12/2006Reported from Education and Health with amendments (11-Y 0-N)
01/12/2006Rereferred to Finance
01/26/2006Fiscal impact statement from DHCD (SB61)
02/03/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB61)
02/08/2006Reported from Finance with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/09/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/09/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/10/2006Read second time
02/10/2006Reading of amendments waived
02/10/2006Committee amendments agreed to
02/10/2006Engrossed by Senate as amended SB61E
02/10/2006Printed as engrossed 067039808-E
02/13/2006Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2006Communicated to House
02/13/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB61E)
02/14/2006Placed on Calendar
02/14/2006Read first time
02/14/2006Referred to Committee on Education
03/06/2006Left in Education