Year-round schools; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study efficacy thereof. (HJ646)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Study; efficacy of year-round schools; report.  Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the efficacy of year-round schools. In conducting its study, the Commission shall (i) review the Board of Education's procedure for approving year-round schools; (ii) determine which school divisions have implemented year-round schools and their experience with this alternative method of providing education; (iii) conduct a comprehensive analysis of each year-round school, scheduling format, instructional, and extracurricular programs offered, and number of students enrolled in the year-round school; (iv) identify and review year-round schools offered by other states and countries, noting advantages and disadvantages; (v) ascertain and weigh the essential factors that must be considered before implementing year-round schools statewide, including, but not limited to, instructional costs, transportation and special education services, and the need for additional classroom teachers, staff, and support services; (vi) evaluate the impact of changing the scheduling format on school functions and length of terms and school breaks; and (vii) consider and thoroughly vet other issues and matters related to year-round schools as the Commission may deem necessary to provide feasible and appropriate recommendations. Further, in conducting its study, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission shall seek and include classroom teachers, school administrators, parents, representatives of localities with and without year-round schools, the Virginia School Boards Association, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, other educational organizations, and other persons with expertise in alternative educational programs and options in the Commission's deliberations.

The Commission must submit an executive summary to the 2012 Session of the General Assembly and its final report and recommendations to the 2013 Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


02/22/2011: Passed the Senate


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103392D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on Rules
01/18/2011Assigned Rules sub: #3 Studies
01/27/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/01/2011Reported from Rules with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2011Committee substitute printed 11104962D-H1
02/04/2011Taken up
02/04/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104962D-H1
02/04/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute HJ646H1
02/04/2011Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/04/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Reading waived
02/07/2011Referred to Committee on Rules
02/14/2011Assigned Rules sub: #1
02/18/2011Reported from Rules
02/21/2011Reading waived (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011Read third time
02/22/2011Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/22/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ646ER)