Public schools and families; joint subcommittee to study effects of economic recession in State. (SJ26)

Introduced By

Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; establishing a joint subcommittee to study the effects of the economic recession on public schools and families in Virginia. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study the effects of the economic recession on public schools and families in Virginia. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall (i) evaluate the effects of the economic crisis on public schools in Virginia; (ii) determine the number of school-age children affected by recent home foreclosures with the decline of the housing industry, the unemployment of a parent, and homelessness, and, if possible, correlate these events in the lives of school children to academic performance; (iii) determine whether the economic crisis has contributed to an increase in family dysfunction, unemployment, crime, familial breakdown, divorce and separation, substance abuse, mental health problems, school and college dropout rates, and domestic violence; (iv) ascertain how and which educational programs and services have been reduced or eliminated by public schools as a result of funding reductions due to the economic crisis; (v) determine whether there has been an increase in the number of homeless students in Virginia public schools, and the fiscal and programmatic effect of such increase; (vi) determine ways to assist public schools, children, and their families in coping with the economic crisis so as to minimize adverse consequences to them and governmental agencies; and (vii) consider such other matters as the joint subcommittee deems pertinent to carrying out the objectives of the study. In the course of its deliberations, the joint subcommittee shall provide opportunities for the participation of professional and community organizations, the corporate and faith communities, and other persons with expertise and interest in public and higher education, and the welfare of children and their families. The joint subcommittee must submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the 2010 and 2011 Sessions of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10
01/07/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103099D
01/07/2010Referred to Committee on Rules
01/18/2010Assigned Rules sub: Studies
02/12/2010Reported from Rules with substitute
02/12/2010Committee substitute printed 10105381D-S1
02/15/2010Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Read second time
02/16/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/16/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105381D-S1
02/16/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ26S1
02/16/2010Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/18/2010Placed on Calendar
02/18/2010Read first time
02/18/2010Referred to Committee on Rules
03/01/2010Assigned Rules sub: #3 Studies
03/02/2010Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 3-N)
03/14/2010Left in Rules