Instructional spending; local school board to report expenditures annually. (HB76)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), and Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Expenditures and reports on instructional spending. Requires each local school board to allocate 65 percent of its operating budget to instructional spending. Local school boards must report annually to the Board of Education the percentage of their operating budgets allocated to instructional spending. Any school division that fails to meet the 65 percent requirement must present a plan to the Board of Education to increase instructional spending by 0.5 percent in the following fiscal year. School divisions failing to submit such a plan must be audited by the Auditor of Public Accounts, who is required to submit recommendations to the Board, including instruction concerning how failing school divisions can increase their instructional spending to 65 percent. In addition, the Board must annually report to the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Appropriations the amount of spending allocated by the local school divisions to instructional spending based on the reports submitted annually by the local school boards. Read the Bill »


02/25/2010: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/29/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101470D
12/29/2009Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2010Assigned Education sub: #3 Teachers and Admin. Action
01/21/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 3-N)
01/25/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB76)
01/28/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 2-N)
02/01/2010Reported from Education with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2010Committee substitute printed 10104511D-H1
02/02/2010Read first time
02/03/2010Read second time
02/03/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104511D-H1
02/03/2010Pending question ordered
02/03/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB76H1
02/04/2010Read third time and passed House (63-Y 35-N)
02/04/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (63-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2010Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/18/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB76H1)
02/18/2010Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/25/2010Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 7 clips in all, totaling 17 minutes.


robert legge writes:

IS this currently a problem?

Chuck H. writes:

Generally there is a tendency in local educational system offices to have too much money spent for non-instructional spending, especially administrative spending. In a time where we need to do more with less we need to "wring out" the central offices and encourage spending on the front line.

robert legge writes:

McDonnell for Gov website says the statewide avg is 61%. He proposed to save $450+M by cutting back on admin and putting it toward instruction. what happened to that?