Standards of Quality; JLARC to study funding and teacher-student ratios. (HJ685)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) with support from co-patron Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


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Study; Directing the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the Standards of Quality; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the Standards of Quality, giving particular attention to teacher-student ratios in grades K-12 and academic advanced programs. The joint resolution, among other things, to consider the feasibility of (i) converting prevailing costs to ratios for each major category of the support services positions, including ratios for all or some of the categories included in the appropriation act; (ii) establishing alternative staffing approaches to provide school divisions with additional instructional resources to address identified needs; (iii) assigning weights for at-risk students and requiring additional support and services for English language learners and disadvantaged students; (iv) updating technology staffing ratios in view of the role of technology in instruction, assessments, and operations; (v) mitigating the incentive of reducing a school division's special education funding when students with disabilities are mainstreamed; and (vi) updating career and technical education staffing ratios relative to the implementation of new curricular pathways that require high-tech equipment and specialized instruction. The study must be completed prior to the Board of Education's review of the Standards of Quality for the 2014-2016 biennial budget.

The Commission must report its findings and recommendations by the first day of the 2014 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102005D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Rules
01/16/2013Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/24/2013Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/2013Left in Rules