Students; transferring out of a public school. (HB259)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Fralin (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Students transferring out of a local school division. Requires a local school division to obtain written documentation, to the extent practicable, from the school to which a student has transferred before making any status classification in an information management system. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/02/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088042504
01/02/2008Referred to Committee on Education
01/16/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB259)
01/23/2008Reported from Education with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2008Read first time
01/25/2008Read second time
01/25/2008Committee amendment agreed to
01/25/2008Engrossed by House as amended HB259E
01/25/2008Printed as engrossed 088042504-E
01/28/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/28/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2008Communicated to Senate
01/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB259E)
01/29/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2008Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/2008Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/21/2008Reported from Education and Health with amendment (13-Y 0-N)
02/22/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Read third time
02/25/2008Reading of amendment waived
02/25/2008Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2008Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/2008Placed on Calendar
02/27/2008Senate amendment agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
02/27/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
02/29/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB259ER)
02/29/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB259ER)
02/29/2008Signed by Speaker
03/03/2008Signed by President
03/05/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 422 (effective 7/1/08)
03/14/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0422)


Angela Ciolfi writes:

The purpose of this bill is to encourage schools to track down students when their whereabouts are unknown and to prevent dropouts from being mislabeled as transfers. It does not require anything extra from schools -- they should already receive records requests from the receiving school when a student is a bona fide transfer. Soon high school accreditation in Virginia will be based on graduation and completion statistics as well as test scores. There will be mounting pressure to mislabel dropouts as transfers in order to maintain full accreditation.

Linda Coye writes:

No mention is made of the EIMS state testing/tracking number assigned to all students. The Department of Education is now able to track all students using the State Testing Identifier and the four State Reporting submissions. If a student transfers within Virginia, the fail-safe is already in place, and school districts already are tracking these "lost sheep" students. If this bill is considered a high priority, then I would fully expect a funding bill to be attached for the state to fund such a position in each school district.