Constitutional amendment; charter schools (second reference). (HJ1)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (second resolution); charter schools. Grants the Board of Education authority, subject to criteria and conditions prescribed by the General Assembly, to establish charter schools within the school divisions of the Commonwealth. This is the second resolution for SJ 256 (2015). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/16/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100594D
11/16/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100594D
11/16/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Constitutional Amendments
01/29/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections (10-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2016Passed by until Monday, February 8, 2016
02/08/2016Passed by until Friday, February 12, 2016
02/12/2016Taken up
02/12/2016Engrossed by House
02/12/2016Agreed to by House (52-Y 47-N)
02/12/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Reading waived
02/15/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/23/2016Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (5-Y 7-N 1-A) (see vote tally)


Victoria Esarey writes:

Before Virginia jumps squarely into the charter school camp, she should see how effective such schools have been compared to public schools with the same demographics. For profit colleges have not exactly distinguished themselves with appropriate attention to the student beyond what can be garnered in tuition. Why would all the for-profit charter schools ultimately be any different in their interests? My taxes as a homeowner contribute to public education. Fine with me if it means an educated population.
For public schools the tension is always between education and other public goods such as police, sanitation, etc. A for profit school will find its tensions between student needs and a bottom line. I want cold numbers supporting charter efficacy over public instruction before I will be comfortable that my tax money is going away from public schools.

Jarica Davis writes:

Washington State Supreme Court superceded act passed by voters. Unconstitutional!

STOP pushing publicly-funded charter schools! Support public schools, students, and educators!

Lou Di Leonardo writes:

Charter schools far surpass public schools everywhere they are given a chance. Ask the parents on long waiting lists whether they support charter schools and you will get a resounding 'yes'. The only thing in the way of charters in poor areas are government officials beholden to public employee unions. Don't hold kids hostage! Let them be all they can be. Fund all the charter schools needed to satisfy demand. Isn't that what public money should be all about?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Charter schools far surpass public schools everywhere they are given a chance.

That's simply not true.

Jarica Davis writes:

Lou, that is an outright falsehood.
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