Public schools; evaluation policies and grievance procedures. (HB2151)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from 18 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Mark Dudenhefer (R-Stafford), Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg), Del. Lacey Putney (I-Bedford), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg), Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News), Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; evaluation policies and grievance procedures. Makes several changes to the processes by which teachers and certain administrators are evaluated and to the grievance procedure process. The bill requires teachers, assistant principals, and principals to be evaluated every year, either formally or informally, and such evaluations will include student academic progress as a significant component and an overall summative rating. The bill increases from three years to five years the term of probationary service required for a teacher before becoming eligible for a continuing contract. The bill requires local school boards to provide a new principal with a mentor.

The bill also changes the grievance procedure for teachers. It gives local school boards the option to assign a grievance hearing to be heard by a hearing officer designated by the local school board. The option for a grievance to be heard in front of a fact-finding panel would no longer be available. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103687D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Education
01/14/2013Assigned Education sub: Teachers and Admin. Action
01/17/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/21/2013Reported from Education with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Committee substitute printed 13104176D-H1
01/22/2013Read first time
01/23/2013Read second time
01/23/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104176D-H1
01/23/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2151H1
01/24/2013Read third time and passed House (84-Y 14-N)
01/24/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (84-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/25/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/2013Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Read third time
02/11/2013Reading of amendments waived
02/11/2013Amendments by Senator Northam rejected (18-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Passed Senate (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2151ER)
02/15/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2151ER)
02/15/2013Signed by Speaker
02/18/2013Signed by President
03/20/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 588 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0588)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 23 minutes.