Virtual Virginia; DOE to increase online courses available to other school divisions through Program (HB1115)

Introduced By

Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls) with support from co-patrons Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), and Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virtual education; Virtual Virginia and multidivision online providers. Requires the Department of Education to publish the criteria for approval of multidivision online providers on its website, including any applicable deadlines and guidelines. The bill requires the Department to pay the reasonable costs of evaluating and approving multidivision online providers, subject to the availability of funds. If the Department does not have sufficient funds, the bill directs the Department to prioritize certain applications and permits the Department to charge an application fee. The bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a reciprocal multidivision online provider approval process for providers of courses that (i) are equivalent in instructional rigor and scope to a course that is provided in a traditional classroom setting and (ii) are approved in another state that has established an approval process similar to the process developed pursuant to this section. The bill further requires multidivision online providers to submit certain information annually for publication in an open format on the Department's website on online courses and virtual programs offered by multidivision online providers. The bill also enhances the information about online courses and virtual programs offered by multidivision online providers required to be published on local school boards' websites and requires such information to be conveyed to students and their parents by additional means. The bill also establishes a Virtual Virginia Board and expands the services offered and the students eligible to participate in Virtual Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103563D
01/13/2014Referred to Committee on Education
01/17/2014Assigned Education sub: Education Reform
02/04/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/2014Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Committee substitute printed 14104024D-H1
02/06/2014Read first time
02/07/2014Passed by for the day
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104024D-H1
02/10/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1115H1
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1115H1)
02/18/2014Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/27/2014Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/2014Read third time
03/03/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1115ER)
03/06/2014Signed by Speaker
03/09/2014Signed by President
03/10/2014Signed by President
03/31/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 436 (effective 7/1/14)
03/31/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0436)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.