Standards of Learning; curriculum shall include computer science and computational thinking. (HB831)

Introduced By

Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), and Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond)

Progress

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

Description

Board of Education; graduation requirements; computer science as foreign language. Requires the Board of Education, in establishing course and credit requirements for a high school diploma, to provide that the standard units of credit in foreign language required to graduate with an advanced studies diploma or a standard diploma may be satisfied by the successful completion of computer science courses. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/12/2016Committee
01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102600D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2016Assigned to sub: Education Innovation
01/19/2016Assigned Education sub: Education Innovation
01/27/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (HB831)
02/08/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/10/2016Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2016Committee substitute printed 16104876D-H1
02/11/2016Read first time
02/12/2016Passed by for the day
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104876D-H1
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB831H1
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB831H1)
02/25/2016Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Read third time
02/29/2016Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Enrolled
03/02/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB831ER)
03/02/2016Signed by Speaker
03/03/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB831ER)
03/05/2016Signed by President
03/07/2016Signed by President
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/07/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/25/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 472 (effective 7/1/16)
03/25/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0472)

Video

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 4 minutes.

Transcript

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

OPPOSED, NO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, THIS BILL IS ABOUT COMPUTER SCIENCE. I KNOW A LOT OF YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT THIS, PROBABLY BACK HOME, MAYBE HERE IN THE CAPITOL. I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A STATISTIC THEN QUICKLY GO THROUGH THE BILL BECAUSE IT'S ON THE UNCONTESTED CALENDAR, CHINA WILL CREATE 2 MILLION COMPUTER SCIENTISTS, THE UNITED STATES, 38,000. WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM TO BOLSTER OUR COMPUTER SCIENCE WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS ESTABLISHES EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING COMPUTER CODING AND GOES TON SAY LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM TO INCLUDE COMPUTATIONAL THINKING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE, MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE WE ENGROSS THE BILL AND PASS IT TO THIRD READING. THANK YOU. HOUSE BILL 11 --

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): SORRY. GENTLEMAN FROM POWHATAN, MR. WARE.

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan): WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

[Unknown]: YES, SIR, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD.

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan): GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

[Unknown]: I ASK THE GENTLEMAN IS HE AWARE OF A SINGLE PUBLIC SCHOOL THAT DOES NOT TEACH COMPUTERS TODAY? MR. SPEAKER, I SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN I DO NOT KNOW SPECIFICALLY BY NAME OF ANY THAT ARE NOT TEACHING COMPUTER SCIENCE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, FOLLOW UP TO THAT QUESTION? YES, SIR, I YIELD. GENTLEMAN YIELD? HE YIELDS. I GUESS MY QUESTION BECOMES WHY WE NEED TO INSTRUCT SCHOOLS IN THE COMMON WEALTH OF VIRGINIA TO DO SOMETHING THEY'RE, I WOULD THINK, PROBABLY ALL OF THEM DOING TODAY? MR. SPEAKER, I SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN THE POINT HE IS MAKING IS A VERY GOOD POINT. THERE ARE TWO PARTS TO THE BILL. ONE SAYS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL ESTABLISH EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES TO INCLUDE THIS THE CHANGE THAT'S TO FLOW THROUGH. I THINK THE CHANGE THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS REFERRING TO, WE'VE NEVER TOLD THE BOARD THEY SHOULD BUILD THESE INTO THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): GENTLEMAN FROM FAIRFAX, MR. ALBO.

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield): MR. SPEAKER, SPEAKING TO THE BILL.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): GENTLEMAN HAS THE FLOOR.

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield): TO ANSWER THE QUESTION, THIS BILL WAS PUT IN BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUDOUN AND MYSELF BECAUSE A YOUNG MAN TOLD ME HE'S MAXED OUT ON COMPUTER CODING CLASSES AND HE'S ONLY IN NINTH GRADE AND FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM JUST DOESN'T HAVE A ROBUST OR FULL COMPUTER CODING PROGRAM HE MY ORIGINAL BILL IS TELLING HIM HOW TO DO IT, THIS WAY IS SAYING TO THE SKIEL SYSTEM THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE A METHOD. AND I'VE COME TO THE REALIZATION IS THAT COLLEGE IS NOT REALLY FOR EVERYBODY, THERE ARE WAYS, ONE FRIEND OWNS A GAS STATION IN THE CORNER OF KING MILL AND ROLLING AND HIS AUTO TECHS MAKE $80,000 A YEAR, THIS YOUNG GENTLEMAN WANTS TO GO TO COMPUTER CODING. HE CAN MAKE $120,000 OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL SO YES, I'M SURE SCHOOLS ARE TEACHING BUT WHAT WE HOPE TO DO IS TO INCREASE IT, THANK YOU.

[Unknown]: HOUSE BILL 1108 A BILL TO AMEND AND REENACT SECTION OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA RELATED TO