School boards; JLARC to study implications of granting fiscal autonomy to those elected. (HJ175)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville), and Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Study; fiscal autonomy for elected school boards; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study implications of granting fiscal autonomy to elected school boards in the Commonwealth. In conducting its study, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission shall (i) examine state constitutional and statutory issues regarding school board supervisory authority, (ii) study the respective roles of local school boards and the relevant local governing body in delivering and funding public education, (iii) examine fiscal authority models in other states, and (iv) consider such other issues as it deems appropriate. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission must submit an executive summary of its findings and recommendations to the 2009 Session and its final findings and recommendations to the 2010 Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080692740
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Rules
02/12/2008Left in Rules


Frederick Horton writes:

I support this bill. It is long overdue.

Mary Martin writes:

The county of Henry, located near Martinsville, absolutely opposes any action to even begin to allow school boards taxing authority. Having read of the many places that have allowed this to happen the stories are not pretty. Read up on Mass becoming Taxachuttes! People actually lost their homes because of this taxing authority. The answer to school funding is for school boards to be held accountable for HOW and WHAT they spend their money on, the responsibility starts here. Citizens will not stand for any more boards having the authority to tax them. In Henry County, enough is enough. If you authorize the study you are opening Pandora's box.

Robinette Taylor writes:

I support a study of fiscal autonomy for Virginia schools.