High school graduation; joint subcommittee to study ways to increase rate in State. (HJ706)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Bill Fralin (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; Increasing high school graduation in Virginia. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study ways to increase the high school graduation rate in Virginia. In conducting the study, the joint subcommittee shall (i) identify the reasons for and issues attendant to the problem of school dropout in Virginia; (ii) determine, by school division, the annual high school graduation rate; (iii) review the findings and recommendations of recent national and state studies and reports related to dropout prevention and increasing the high school graduation rates, and determine the appropriateness of adopting certain of the recommendations for use in Virginia; (iv) consider the feasibility of expanding the Virginia Preschool Initiative; (v) ascertain the effect of comprehensive school reform on high school graduation rates, including Enhanced Career and Technical Education (Fine Arts-STEM) programs, classroom teacher participation in instructional decisions within the school division, dropout prevention, class size reduction, teacher salary increase, and expansion of the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program; (vi) develop appropriate strategies and an action plan that incorporates a multifaceted approach to address the problem of school dropout and low high school graduation rates comprehensively and systemically throughout the Commonwealth; and (vii) consider such other related matters as the joint subcommittee deems appropriate to achieve the objectives of this study. The joint subcommittee must submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the 2010 Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 098710492
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Rules
02/10/2009Left in Rules