Charter schools, public; funding and service contracts. (HB1173)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge) with support from 16 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Del. John A. Cox (R-Ashland), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public charter schools; hearing; funding, and service contracts.  Provides unsuccessful charter school applicants with an opportunity to testify before the Board of Education. The local school board must submit sufficient documentation as to the rationale for the denial or revocation of the charter school application and a detailed explanation demonstrating that the charter school is not in the public interest or for the welfare of the students eligible to attend the proposed charter school. The Board of Education continues to have no authority to grant or deny a public charter school application or to revoke or fail to renew a charter agreement.

The bill also provides that (i) a local school board shall no longer have the discretion to revoke a charter if it finds the school is no longer in the public interest or for the welfare of the students; (ii) local school boards may elect whether charter school personnel are employees of the charter school or of the local school board granting the charter; (iii) the amount of funds provided to the charter school by the local school board shall not be less than 90 percent of the school division's state and local share of the Standards of Quality per pupil funding; and (iv) the local school board shall allow a public charter school to lease or purchase vacant or unused properties or real estate owned by the school board. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2012Presented and ordered printed 12102624D
01/17/2012Referred to Committee on Education
01/20/2012Assigned Education sub: Teachers and Admin. Action
02/02/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 2-N)
02/03/2012Impact statement from DHCD (HB1173)
02/06/2012Reported from Education with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Committee substitute printed 12105039D-H1
02/07/2012Read first time
02/08/2012Passed by for the day
02/09/2012Read second time
02/09/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105039D-H1
02/09/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1173H1
02/10/2012Read third time and passed House (61-Y 37-N)
02/10/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (61-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/23/2012Reported from Education and Health with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Committee substitute printed 12105622D-S1
02/23/2012Passed by for the day
02/24/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Passed by temporarily
02/27/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105622D-S1
02/27/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1173S1
02/27/2012Passed Senate with substitute (20-Y 19-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Placed on Calendar
02/29/2012Senate substitute rejected by House 12105622D-S1 (1-Y 93-N)
02/29/2012VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 93-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Senate insisted on substitute (37-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Senate requested conference committee
03/05/2012House acceded to request
03/06/2012Conferees appointed by House
03/06/2012Delegates: Lingamfelter, Stolle, Dance
03/06/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
03/06/2012Senators: Obenshain, Blevins, Newman
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by House (61-Y 36-N)
03/10/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (61-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Conference substitute printed 12106123D-H2
03/10/2012Conference report agreed to by Senate (32-Y 7-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/15/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1173ER)
03/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1173ER)
03/15/2012Signed by Speaker
03/17/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 702 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0702)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 31 minutes.