Virginia Virtual School; Board established. (HB8)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Virginia Virtual School established. Establishes the Board of the Virginia Virtual School as a policy agency in the executive branch of state government for the purpose of governing the full-time virtual school programs offered to students enrolled in the Virginia Virtual School. The Secretary of Education is responsible for such agency. The 13-member Board is given operational control of the School and assigned powers and duties. The bill requires the School to be open to any school-age person in the Commonwealth and provide an educational program meeting the Standards of Quality for grades kindergarten through 12. The bill requires the average state share of Standards of Quality per pupil funding for each enrolled student to be transferred to the School. Read the Bill »

Status

04/05/2016: vetoed by governor

History

DateAction
11/16/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100606D
11/16/2015Committee
11/16/2015Committee
11/16/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100606D
11/16/2015Referred to Committee on Education
11/16/2015Introduced bill reprinted 16100606D
01/20/2016Reported from Education with amendments (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/2016Assigned to sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/25/2016Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/04/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (HB8)
02/11/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (3-Y 2-N)
02/12/2016Reported from Appropriations with substitute (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Committee substitute printed 16104275D-H1
02/13/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee amendments from Education rejected
02/15/2016Committee substitute from Appropriations agreed to 16104275D-H1
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB8H1
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House (58-Y 40-N 1-A)
02/16/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (58-Y 40-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/25/2016Reported from Education and Health (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2016Rereferred to Finance
03/02/2016Reported from Finance with amendments (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Passed by for the day
03/04/2016Read third time
03/04/2016Passed by for the day
03/07/2016Read third time
03/07/2016Reading of amendments waived
03/07/2016Committee amendments agreed to
03/07/2016Amendments by Senator Newman agreed to
03/07/2016Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/07/2016Passed Senate with amendments (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Placed on Calendar
03/08/2016Senate amendments rejected by House (3-Y 94-N 2-A)
03/08/2016VOTE: REJECTED (3-Y 94-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Reconsideration of Senate amendments rejected by House
03/08/2016Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 97-N 1-A)
03/08/2016VOTE: REJECTED #2 (0-Y 97-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB8H1)
03/09/2016Senate insisted on amendments (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2016Senate requested conference committee
03/10/2016House acceded to request
03/10/2016Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2016Delegates: Bell, R.P., Landes, Plum
03/10/2016Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2016Senators: Carrico, Petersen, Chase
03/11/2016C Amended by conference committee
03/11/2016Conference substitute printed 16106334D-H2
03/11/2016Conference report agreed to by Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2016Conference report agreed to by House (60-Y 36-N 1-A)
03/11/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (60-Y 36-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/25/2016Enrolled
03/25/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB8ER)
03/25/2016Signed by Speaker
03/28/2016Signed by President
03/28/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/28/16
03/28/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/30/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB8ER)
04/05/2016G Vetoed by Governor
04/20/2016Placed on Calendar
04/20/2016Passed by for the day - Governor's veto sustained

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 9 clips in all, totaling 26 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

CREATION OF THE VIRGINIA VIRTUAL SCHOOL, REPORTED ON THE COMMITTEE OF EDUCATION WITH AMENDMENTS ON JANUARY 20, REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS WITH A SUBSTITUTE ON FEBRUARY 12.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN FROM STANTON, MR. BELL.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK THAT WE REJECT THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION. AS MANY AS FAVOR THAT MOTION WILL SAY AYE; THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THOSE AMENDMENTS ARE REJECTED.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK THAT WE ADOPT THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTION IS ON THE SUBSTITUTE OFFERED BY THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. AS MANY AS FAVOR THAT MOTION WILL SAY AYE; THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THAT SUBSTITUTE IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM STANTON.

[Unknown]: IN 2015 HOUSE BILL WAS PASSED AND SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR WITH A REENACTMENT CLAUSE. HOUSE BILL EIGHT IS THE REENACTED BILL TO ESTABLISH THE VIRGINIA VIRTUAL SCHOOL, WHICH CREATES A STATE-WIDE VIRTUAL SCHOOL TO PROVIDE FULL-TIME VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAMS HERE IN VIRGINIA. THE AMENDMENT DESIGNATES THE BOARD AND THE SCHOOL AS THE LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY SO THAT IT MAY RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDS TO BE DISBURSED FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS. THAT WAS THE AMENDMENT FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS STAFF COMMITTEE AS A CLEANUP MEASURE, I THINK.


Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 58, NOS 40. AYES 58, NOS 40, THE BILL IS PASSED. HOUSE BILL 47, A BILL TO AMEND AND REENACT A SECTION OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MIX THE DELIVERY PRESCHOOL FUND AND GRANT PROGRAM.
Clerk: AYES 39 NOS ONE. President: THE BILL PASSES. PAGE 45, REGULAR CALENDAR, HOUSE BILLS ON THIRD READING . >> IF IT'S APPROPRIATE, THERE ARE A FEW OF THE BILLS IN THIS SECTION THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO GO
685 WILL GO BYE FOR THE DAY. HOUSE BILL 8, A BILL RELATING TO THE CREATION OF VIRGINIA VIRTUAL SCHOOL. REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE WITH AMENDMENTS. THE SENATOR FROM LUNCH BURG, SENATOR NEWMAN. MR. PRESIDENT, AT THE REQUEST OF THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX AND THE SENATOR FROM SOUTHERN FAIRFAX, THEY'VE ASKED THAT THE BILL GO BYE FOR THE DAY AND ALSO HOUSE BILL 389 TO GO BYE FOR THE DAY, AND I SO MOVE.
THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA BEACH, SENATOR WAGNER.

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach): MR. PRESIDENT, CAN THAT BILL GO BYE FOR THE DAY.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): WITH WITHOUT OBJECTION, HOUSE BILL 685 WILL GO BYE FOR DAY.

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach): HOUSE BILL 8. A BILL RELATING TO THE CREATION OF VIRGINIA VIRTUAL SCHOOL.

[Unknown]: I WOULD HIKE TO MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS BE AGREE HEED TO. THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT'S BE AGREED TO. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THE AMENDMENTS AGREED TO. THE SENATOR FROM LYNCHBURG. I WOULD LIKE TO WAIVE THE READING OF FLOOR AMENDMENTS WHICH SHOULD BE ON INDIVIDUAL'S DESKS. THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE READING OF THE FLOOR AMENDMENT BE WAIVED. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE READING IS WAIVED. THE SENATOR FROM LYNCHBURG. MR. PRESIDENT, I MOVE THAT WE AGREE WITH THE FLOOR AMENDMENTS. THE FLOOR AMENDMENTS, MR. PRESIDENT MAKE SURE THAT THE SENATE HAS A BETTER PARTICIPATION ON THE BOARD'. BEFORE IT HAD THAT 4-2 BETWEEN US AND THE HOUSE AND THAT BRINGS IT UP TO-3. THE DID HE IS SHALL THE FLOOR FLOOR AMENDMENTS BEAGREED TO. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IS. I MOVE THE BILL PASS AND SPEAKING TO THAT MOTION. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. THIS BILL IS ONE THAT HAS HAD SUPPORT AND SOME HAVE HAD CONCERN ABOUT IT. THIS BILL AS THEY VALENTINE'S DAYLE THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM. GOING BACK NOW FOR SIX YEARS THE SENATOR FROM SOUTHERN FAIRFAX AND I AND MANY OTHERS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT VIRTUAL EDUCATION WAS DONE IN A LANGICAL WAY -- IN A LOGICAL WAY. THERE WAS AN UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN LEARN DIFFERENTLY. SOME LEARN BETTER THROUGH A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL SETTING AND OTHERS LEARN IN A DIFFERENT SETTING AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE KIDS THAT CAN LEARN IN DIFFERENT SETTINGS GET THAT OPPORTUNITY. DURING THE TIME THAT WE TALKED ABOUT THIS THAT WE INDICATED THAT SOME CHILDREN GETS DISTRACTED QUICKLY AND THERE NEEDS TO BE A METHOD BY WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL CAN STILL GET AN SOL SCORE AND STILL BE IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL BUT A IN A FORM THAT IMMEDIATES THEIR NEEDS. WHAT WE COULD NOT AGREE POP WAS THE METHOD WHICH WE GET REIMBURSE COMES BACK TO THE SCHOOLS. WE TOLD COMPANIES THAT WANTED TO ABOUT HELP PROVIDE THIS, THEY NEED TO SHOP AROUND VIRGINIA AND FIND ONE WITH THE LOWEST COMPOSITE INDEX AND DECIDE THEY WERE GOING TO LINK UP WITH THE SCHOOL AND PROVIDE THAT SCHOOL THROUGHOUT ALL OF VIRGINIA AND RECEIVE THEIR REIMBURSEMENT BASED ON A COMPOSITE INDEX FROM ONE OF THE SCHOOL DIVISIONS THAT GETS MORE MONEY BACK FROM THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. THE PROBLEM IS, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE FOUND THAT THAT ONLY WORKS FOR SO MANY CHILDREN AND YOU CAN ONLY LINK UP A WITH CERTAIN NUMBER OF SCHOOLS UNDERWHAT IT HAS MEANT IS THAT OUR VISIT DAUAL PROGRAM? HAS HAS BEEN START STOP A WITH A HOT OF DIFFERENT PROGRAMS. THIS IS A PUBLIC SCHOOL. WE CLOSE LOOK ON HOW THE INDIVIDUALS ARE DOING ON THE SLOs. THEY ARE DOING BETTER BY THE AVERAGE THAN A GREAT BIT. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE CHAMBER I AM SURE THAT ARE VERY MUCH OPPOSED TO VIRTUAL SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT CORE SCHOOL THAT WE ARE ALL USED TO IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD. I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD GIVE ANOTHER OPTION. CERTAINLY I WOULD OPEN IN WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A VERTICAL SCHOOL PROGRAM WE WOULDN'T SET IT UP IN A WAY THAT IT IS GOING TO GAME THE SYSTEM. SETS UP A FORMULA FOR ALLOWING FOR THE STATE TO SET UP A VIRTUAL SCHOOL BOARD, THEY WOULD BE GIVEN GOVERNANCE, MEMBERS OF THIS BODY AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES WOULD BE A PART OF IT. THEY WOULD ALSO HAVE DESIGNATION SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO PULL DOWN OUR FUNDS AND OTHER FUNDS BECAUSE OF THIS BILL AND ALSO THE BILL THAT THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS WE ARE CONSIDERING RIGHT NOW. WE SET THE SEAL. THE BILL SAYS IT WON'T BE MORE THAN 5,000 STUDENTS. SOME WERE CONCERNED IT COULD RUN TO 25,000 ONE DAY AND SETS THE AMOUNT GNASHED OF HAVING THE COMPOSITE INDEX SET IT AT ABOUT $4,600 OR $4,600. I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT FEEL STRONGLY BOTH WAYS ABOUT THIS BILL AS FAR AS WHETHER WE WILL DO A VIRTUAL EDUCATION OR LAB SCHOOLS OR GIVE ABILITY TO FOR CHILDREN TO HAVE THE BEST ABILITY TO LEARN HOW THEY ARE LOCATED. I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A PROGRAM THAT WE SET UP AND THIS BILL, MR. PRESIDENT, I THINK ALLOWS US TO DO THAT. WITH THAT, I WOULD HOPE THAT THE BILL PASSS. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM WESTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY, SENATOR MARSDEN.

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke): I AM FINE WITH ALTERNATIVES FOR KIDS. KID DOS LEARN IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND I THINK THAT IS AN ADMIRABLE THING TO TRY TO DO. WHERE I HAVE SOME CONCERNS IS THAT MOSTLY ANY TIME WE USE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL METHODS IN THE COMMONWEALTH IT IS RUN THROUGH A TEAM OR SPECIAL ASSESSMENT OR IEP WHERE THE SCHOOL CAN CONTROL THE BUDGET REPORT MONEY THEY GOING TO LOSE TO THIS VIRTUAL SCHOOL DISTRICT IF YOU WILL. THAT THEY HAVE THE NECESSARY CONTROLS TO MANAGE THAT BUDGET. OTHERWISE I THINK IS CREATES A BUDGET CHAOS WITH COOLS NOT KNOWING HOW MANY KIDS THEY WILL SIGN UP FOR THIS AND HOW MUCH THEY ARE GOING TO USE. THEY ARE CAPTURED COSTS AND CAPTURED IN COST CENTERS WHICH ARE SCHOOLS AND SUPPOSEDLY IN FAIRFAX WE HAVE SAY, SIX KIDS FROM EVERY SCHOOL IN FAIRFAX COUNTY WHO SIGNS UP FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND THAT IS ALL GREAT BUT THAT AMOUNTS TO, YOU KNOW, CLOSE TO FIVE OR SIX MILLION BUCKS THAT THE SCHOOLS LOSE. AND IF YOU LOSE FIVE OR SIX KIDS FROM EACH SCHOOL YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SAVE ANY MONEY BY NOT HAVING TO HEAD KATE THE KIDS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE JANITORS ARE STILL THERE AND THE BUS DRIVERS AND LIBRARIAN AND ADMINISTRATION. THE LIGHTS ARE STILL ON. THE HEAT IS STILL ON. THE.

[Unknown]: SCHOOL JUST THE MONEY AND HAVE TO COME UP WITH IT. IF YOU COULD COME ONE A BILL THAT HAD VIRTUAL SCHOOLS FOR THE RIGHT SIDE KIDS AT THE RIGHT TIME THE SCHOOLS WITH THROW EVEN THE DOOR, THAT IS GREAT. PUBLIC SCHOOL I THINK WE NEED TO DEFEAT THIS BILL. THE SENATOR FROM SOUTHERN FAIRFAX, SENATOR BARKER.

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. SPEAKING TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria): I ALSO RISE TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM WESTERN FAIRFAX. THE COMBINATION OF THE SENATOR FROM LYNCH BURR I -- THE COMMENT I THINK ARE SPOT ON. THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN GAMING IN THE SYSTEM AND I THINK THIS BILL WOULD ELIMINATE MOST OF THE GAMING OF THE SYSTEM. I THINK WE OUGHT TO STEP BACK AND LET THINGS DEVELOP A LITTLE MORE BEFORE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE IN 207. THERE IS A PILOT PROSAM AND IS TRYING TO INTERGREAT IN MANY WAYS OVER WHAT GOES ON AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. THERE IS SOME LOCAL INVOLVEMENT. THE PIE LAT HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARY LIPPIEST CONTINUE. WE NEED TO ALLOW THAT TO FURTHER DEVELOPMENT. I EXPECT THAT WE WILL HAVE IT OPERATE AND INSTRUCTED IN THE MOST EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE WAY FOR ENSURING THAT THAT THE STUDENTS WHO NEED THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM WILL BENEFIT FROM IT AND THERE ARE SAFEGUARDS BUILT IN. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS TO THIS PARTICULAR PROPOSAL THAT CAUSE ME SOME REN. ONE IS THAT IT WOULD -- SOME CONCERN. ONE IT WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE FUNDING PROVIDED TO THE LOCALITIES. WITH TAKE AWAY FROM THE LOW TAL SCHOOL DIVISION AND THE PART. PART OF THE STATE SALES DAKOTAS IS DEDICATED AND IT WOULD SIFT SOME OF MONEYS OVER TO THE VIRTUAL PROGRAM. I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER IF IT WERE NOT FINDED IN THAT WAY AND WE ARE NOT HARMING THE LOCAL SCHOOL THAT VISIONS IN MOVING FORWARD. FURTHER MORE, I LOOKED LIEU THE RESULTS DATING BACK TO 2011-212 UP THROUGH 2014-2515 SCHOOL YEAR. IN EARLIER YEARS THE STUDENTS ALMOST INVARIABLY PERFORMED WORSE ON THE SOLs THAN STUDENTS STATEWIDE WITHIN THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS. THERE HAS BEEN IMPROMENT BUT WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW IS A MORE MIXED BACK AND THAT IN SOME GREAT LEVELS, SOME SCRUB CORRECTS THE STUDENT ERS ARE PERFORMING WORSE. AND IT IS PARTICULARLY TROUBLING THAT THE HIGHER THEY ARE IN THE SOME PERFORMANCES IN AGGREGATE EDUCATIONAL LEVEL THERE WERE THERE. I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD NOT BASS THIS BUT CONTINUE TO WORK ON IT AND WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND MOVED FORWARD.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY, SENATOR PETERSEN.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): THAT, YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. SPEAK TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): IN CASE YOU THINK WE ALL THING ALIKE, I AM ACTUALLY IN PAVE THEY ARE THIS BILL.

[Unknown]: WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS NOT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEM OR GIVES THE MOST BUDGET CERTAINTY OR WHAT IS BEST FOR THE TEACHERS' GROUPS. IT IS WHAT IS BEST FOR THE KIDS HAVE. THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS A ATLANTA ARE PERSON KIDS IT IS A LEARN BETTER IN AN ENVIRONMENT AND THEY ARE NOT HERE IN SCHOOL ROOM. NICE TO PUT THEM ON A BUS AND FORGOT WITH THEM FOR EIGHT REASONS, I FEET THAT. SOME ARE DISCIPLINED AND SO THIS ONLINE MOD ST. LOUIS A GREAT MODEL WE AT ANY TIME HAVE AS AN OPTION WHEN I WAS A STUDENT. ALMOST EVERY EDUCATIONAL VENUE HAS MOVED TO SOME EXTENT TO AN ONLINE MODEL. WHY WOULD BE TAKE K-12ST FROM THAT. THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH THIS FOR 10 YEARS. AT SOME POINT YOU SAY WE HAVE DONE A PILOT PROJECT FROM YEAR-TO-YEAR TO YEAR TO YEAR. AT WHAT TIME DO WE SET UP A SYSTEM AND HAVE SOME FAITH AND BID THIS CONTRACT OUT AT THAT THE FREE MARK CAN LING A CONTRACT PROVIDER THAT CAN DELIVER AN EDUCATION ALMOST PRODUCT. I HAVE LISTENED TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE BOTH MORE IMPORTANT THAN I AM. THEY DON'T HAVE AN OBJECTION WHAT IS BEST FOR THE KIDS. WHAT IS BEST FOR THE KIDS IS TO MOVE FORWARD TO THIS TO MAKE THIS AN ONLY THAT IF YOUR CHILD FITS THIS NEED IT IS A GOOD SONESS OPTION. I VOTE WE VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE BILL. THANK YOU,. I RISE IN -- FLOOR. THE STATES ATTEMPTED TO DEVELOP A COMPETING VIRTUAL SCHOOL SYSTEM AND IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE NUMBERS OF ENROLLEES HAVE DA ININITIALED. THEY AT ANY TIME START OFF BY VERY MUCH AND THEY HAVE DECLINED OVER TIME. ON THE OTHER HAND WITH THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH FOR A -- QUITE A NUMBER OF YEARS, THERE IS A LINEUP OF PEOPLE WANTING TO EPICONTROL IN THIS, WAITING TO USE IT. IT IS A TOOL THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. AND WE CAN STUDY THINGS IN DEFENDANT HILY. THERE COMES A POINT WHERE YOU SAY WE LOOKED AT IT AND IT WORKS AND NOW THE ONLY THING IT NEEDS IS IT NEEDS SOME ADDITIONAL STRUCTURE AND WE HAVE PROVIDED IT IN THIS BILL. AND I THINK WE NEED TO GO FORWARD AND PASS THE BILL. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 8 PASS? MR. PRESIDENT,. THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE CITY, SENATOR EDWARDS.

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke): SPEAKING, MR. PRESIDENT, AGAINST THE BILL. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS A ACTUALLY PILOTING AN ONLINE PROGRAM COMING ALONG PRETTY WELL, A J LARK LAST SEPTEMBER ISSUED A RECORD SAYING THE INCREMENTAL APPROACH LIKE THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS TING IS REALLY THE RIGHT WAY TO GO. ANOTHER SERIOUS TERN CONCERN IS COMPETITION. WE HAVE IN THE SAY BOARD OF EDUCATION OR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS AND NOTHING HORIZON THIS KEEP OF A SYSTEM. FOR THESE REASONS I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT WE VOTE NO ON THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 8 PASS? THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX COUNTY, SENATOR SASLAW.

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield): JUST A BRIEF WORD. IF I CAN REMEMBER CORRECTLY, WE AT A CHART ON WHAT SOME OF THESE COSTS WERE AND THE OUTFIT THAT IS VIRGINIA VIRTUAL SCHOOL IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN THE PRIVATE COMPANY DOING THIS WAS CHARGING DOUBLE, DOUBLE WHAT THE REST OF THE VARIOUS ENTITIES SET UP ON THE STATE WERE CHARGING. IT WAS LIKE 3,300 THES HAVE 47 HUNDREDS. ONE OF THE THINGS IN THE TRUST TO PRIVATIZE GOVERNMENT IT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS BOTHERING ME AND I AM NOT ACCUSING ANYONE OF ANYTHING. HELP ME, I LOOK AT SOME OF THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AND THINKING THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOME OF THESE PEOPLE AND JESSE JAMES WAS WHAT HE HAD A HORSE AND A GUN. AND THESE COSTS ARE WAY OUT OF LINE AND WE OUGHT TO THINK TWICE ABOUT HANDING OUT THE STATE TREASURY IN THE NAME OF PRIVATIZATION TO SOME PEOPLE THAT COME IN HERE AND SOME OF THEIR IDEAS AREN'T BAD BUT YOU OUGHT TO KNOW THEY ARE NOT DOING IT ON THE CHEAP. AND YOU CAN POINT TO SOME PARTICULAR SITUATIONS WHERE THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL HASS OUTPERFORMED PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUT ON THE WHOLE THAT HAS NOT BEEN THE EXPERIENCE HERE OR ANY PART OF THE NATION. THINK ABOUT THIS WHEN HANDING OUT THE STATE MONEY TO ANYBODY.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY, SENATOR PETERSEN.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): IF NO ONE DESIRES TO SPEAK TWICE. THERE IS ONE OBVIOUS THING I NEED TO RESPOND TO THAT. THAT IS WE ARE NOT GIVING ANYBODY A CONTRACT BYPASSING THE BILL. WE ARE SETTING YOU AN ONLINE SCHOOL DIVISION. I DISAGREE THAT IT IS NOT COUNTY USING JULY WORKS WE STILL CONTROL THE CONTRACT AND WE CAN SOLICIT AND ACCEPT THED BY. I DON'T KNOW WHY WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT IN EDUCATION.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE TO QUO IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 8 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLE S AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? CLOTHE CLOTHE DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.


[Unknown]: NOT ALL OF WHICH ARE BAD AND COULD BE NEGOTIABLE IN A CONFERENCE I THINK. SOME ARE PROBABLY NOT NEGOTIABLE. SO I WOULD ASK THE BODY TO REJECT THE SENATE AMENDMENTS. SHALL THE SENATE AMENDMENTS BE AGREED TO? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. AYES THREE, NOS 94. AYES THREE, NOS 94, THE SENATE AMENDMENTS ARE
HOUSE BILL 8. THE HOUSE HAS REJECT THE THE SENATE AMENDMENT. I MOVE THAT WE INSIST ON OUR AMENDMENTS AND REQUEST A COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE. THE QUESTION IS HALL THE SENATE INSIST ON ITS SUBSTITUTE AND REQUEST A COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. AYES 39, NOS 1. NOS 39, NOS 1. THE SENATE INSISTS ON ITS AMENDMENTS AND REQUESTS A COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE. THE SENATOR FROM LYNCHBURG, SENATOR NEWMAN?
THE GENTLEMAN, MR. BELL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR HOUSE BILL 8 TO CREATE A STATEWIDE VIRTUAL SCHOOL MAKES THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL. IT DELAYS THE START OF THE VIRGINIA VIRTUAL SCHOOL BY ONE YEAR TO THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR AND PUSHES BACK ONE YEAR THE ANNUAL REPORT DATE TO BE IN LINE WITH THE START DATE. THE DELAYED DATE MIRRORS THE FUNDING AND LANGUAGE INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET. AS REQUESTED BY THE SENATE, IT ADDED AN ADDITIONAL SENATE TO THE BOARD, MAKING THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD 14 MEMBERS INDEPENDENT OF 13, FOUR OF WHICH ARE DELEGATES, THREE OF WHICH ARE SENATORS. IT ALSO CODIFIES A STATEWIDE 5,000 STUDENT LIMITATION ON THE SCHOOL, 5,000 STUDENT CAP IS INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET. IT CLARIFIES LANGUAGE TO ALLOW THE BOARD TO PROVIDE PARENTS WISHING TO ENROLL THEIR CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL, INFORMATION REGARDING THE COURSE OFFERINGS AND THE CAPACITIES OF THE PROVIDERS OF THE SCHOOL. ALL OTHER ASPECTS OF HB 8 REMAIN THE SAME AS WHEN PASSED BY THE HOUSE EARLIER IN THE SESSION. IN ITS CURRENT FORM, HOUSE BILL 8 WOULD ESTABLISH THE VIRGINIA VIRTUAL SCHOOL TO BEGIN IN THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR, AND I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT WE ACCEPT THE CONFERENCE REPORT.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): SHALL THE CONFERENCE REPORT