Instructional spending; expenditures and reports. (HB1416)

Introduced By

Del. Manoli Loupassi (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 board 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 boards failing to submit such a plan must be audited by the Auditor of Public Accounts, who is required to submit a report to the Board with any recommendations he deems appropriate concerning how such school boards can increase their instructional spending. In addition, the Board must report annually to the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance the amount of spending allocated by the local school boards to instructional spending based on the school boards' annual reports to the Board of Education. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


10/05/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100295D
10/05/2010Referred to Committee on Education
01/17/2011Reported from Education (11-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2011Read first time
01/19/2011Passed by for the day
01/20/2011Read second time
01/20/2011Amendment by Delegate Loupassi agreed to
01/20/2011Pending question ordered
01/20/2011Engrossed by House as amended HB1416E
01/20/2011Printed as engrossed 11100295D-E
01/21/2011Read third time and passed House (48-Y 46-N)
01/21/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (48-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
01/24/2011Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/25/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1416E)
02/17/2011Failed to report (defeated) in Education and Health (5-Y 10-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, 16 clips in all, totaling 24 minutes.


Susan Walker writes:

Del Cosgrove was 100% correct. I used to live in Chesapeake and had a child attend public school there from 1992 to 1998 (elementary & middle schools). I was appalled at what was provided in the classroom versus the number of admin people at the school. For example, my daughter told me that in her 6th grade science class, the experiment they were going to do was read from a book -the teacher didn't have the materials, so she told them how it would have been done and then told them what would happen. The materials they didn't have were a potato, a couple of nails and some wire. At the same time, I had to go to the school's front office and there I saw a staff of about 12 people, and was told there also were 2 principles (this is not counting the school nurse & the counselor). I can't express how disgusted and angry I was with how that school was run. I should think teachers would support more funding for tools, supplies and materials for instruction. The teachers I talked to at the school mentioned having to pay out of pocket for items that, in my opinion, should have been bought with my tax dollars instead of paying for another secretary or admin assistant.