Public charter schools. (SB734)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)

Progress

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

Description

Public charter schools. Makes several changes to the provisions for the establishment and operation of public charter schools, including (i) requiring public charter schools to be administered and managed by a nonprofit education organization under the control of a governing board in lieu of a management committee and (ii) making changes and providing greater specificity regarding (a) the applicability of various laws, regulations, policies, and procedures to public charter schools; (b) the contents of charter applications; (c) the procedure for executing charter contracts and the contents of such contracts; and (iv) the method of funding public charter schools. Read the Bill »

Status

03/10/2016: Passed the General Assembly

History

DateAction
01/22/2016Presented and ordered printed 16104277D
01/22/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/03/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (SB734)
02/11/2016Reported from Education and Health with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Committee substitute printed 16105428D-S1
02/12/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Passed by temporarily
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/15/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105428D-S1
02/15/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB734S1
02/15/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Placed on Calendar
02/17/2016Read first time
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Education
02/19/2016Assigned Education sub: Education Innovation
02/22/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB734S1)
03/01/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
03/02/2016Reported from Education with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Committee substitute printed 16105879D-H1
03/03/2016Read second time
03/04/2016Read third time
03/04/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105879D-H1
03/04/2016Passed by for the day
03/04/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB734H1)
03/07/2016Read third time
03/07/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB734H1
03/07/2016Passed House with substitute (66-Y 30-N)
03/07/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016House substitute agreed to by Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016House substitute agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Title replaced 16105879D-H1
03/10/2016Enrolled
03/10/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB734ER)
03/10/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB734ER)
03/10/2016Signed by Speaker
03/10/2016Signed by President
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/11/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016

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 38 minutes.

Transcript

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



Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): BILL 577 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLY E, THOSE OPPOSED NO. 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.

[Unknown]: AYES 38, NOS 2. AYES 38, NOS 2. THE BILL PASSES. SENATE BILL 734. THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM, SENATOR OBENSHAIN.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): MR. PRESIDENT, I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS. SPEAKING TO THE BILL. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF THE SENATE THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT DEALS WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS. IT IS NOT THE AMENDMENT. IT IS NOT THE RESOLUTION. IT IS ONE DEALING WITH THE FRAME WORK FOR CHARTERS AND REALLY HAS TWO PARTS. NUMBER ONE IS THE PART THAT WILL GO INTO EFFECT IRRESPECTIVE OF THE OUTCOME OF THE VOTE ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND THE SECOND IS THE FRAME WORK FOR THE POST AMENDMENT WORLD IN WHICH CHARTER SCHOOLS CAN BE AUTHORIZED IN VIRGINIA. FIRST, THE EASY PART, THE PART THAT DEALS WITH CHARTER SCHOOL FRAME WORK. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION REALLY ADOPTS AND INCORPORATES INTO THE CODE SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICES THAT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN RED STATES AND BLUE STATES FOR APPLICATIONS FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS. IT HIGHLIGHTS THE THINGS THAT LOCALITIES AND SCHOOL BOARDS OUGHT TO BE LOOKING AT. IT HELPS LOCAL SCHOOL DIVISIONS IN THEIR ASSESSMENT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. IT HELPS WITH THE REPORTING CONCERNING THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF CHARTER SCHOOLS AND LOCALITIES. AND THE DE-CERTIFICATION PROCESS. IT IS ONE THAT REALLY MAKES SOME REFINEMENTS TO THE LAW THAT WE ADOPTED BACK IN 1995 AND REALLY HAS EXPERIENCED VERY LITTLE CHANGE SINCE THAT TIME. SINCE THAT TIME, WE HAVE SEEN HOW CHARTER SCHOOLS WORK IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND, FRANKLY, WE HAVE HAD THE ABILITY TO BENEFIT FROM SOME OF THE SUCCESSES AND FAILURES IN OTHER STATES AND THIS IS IRRESPECTIVE OF YOUR VIEWS IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVELE CHARTER SCHOOLS UNDER THE EXISTING FRAME WORKS THIS ADOPTS THE BEST PRACTICES DEVELOPED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE SECOND THING THAT IT DOES IS IF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT GETS OUT OF THE BODY AND GOES ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER AND PASSES IT ESTABLISHES THE FRAMEWORK PURSUANT TO WHICH THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION WOULD HAVE A ROLE IN THE CERTIFICATION OF CHARTER SCHOOLS AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH IT WOULD OPERATE AS AN ALTERNATE AUTHORIZER. AND IT DOES A COUPLE OF THINGS. NUMBER ONE, IT PUTS TO BED THE ARGUMENT THAT THIS IS SOME VAST POWER GRAB BY RICHMOND THAT IS TAKING AUTHORITY AND CONTROL AWAY FROM LOCAL SCHOOL DIVISIONS. BECAUSE WHAT IT DOES, IT DOES TWO THINGS IN THAT REGARD. NUMBER ONE, IT ESTABLISHES THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL HEAR ONLY APPLICATIONS ON APPEAL. IT WILL NOT BE AN INITIAL AUTHORIZER. WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE BE AN AVENUE FOR APPLICANTS TO GO AROUND THE LOCAL SCHOOL DIVISIONS WHO THEY CAN ONLY GO TO THE STATE BOARD AS AN APPELLATE CHANNEL AND NUMBER TWO IT LIMITS THE NUMBER OF INSTANCES IN WHICH PEOPLE CAN DO THAT. IT IMPOSES A LIMIT OF FIVE CHARTER SCHOOLS PER YEAR THAT COULD BE APPROVED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. IT WILL NOT BE A VAST OPENING OF THE FLOOD GATES PURSUANT TO WHICH THE STATE BOARD IS SUPMENTING ITS JUMP -- SUPPLANTING. THAT DECISION IS, OF COURSE, IMMEAL SHOULD THE VOTERS CHOOSE TO REJECT A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. BUT THE FIRST PART WOULD. SO, I WOULD RENEW MY MOTION THAT THE BILL PASS.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR FROM ALEXANDRIA, SENATOR EBBIN.

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria): THANK YOU, YIELD FOR A QUESTION.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM YIELD FOR A QUESTION.

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria): I YIELD.

[Unknown]: HE YIELDS, SENATOR. I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED BY WHAT THIS BILL DOES COMPARED TO THE GENTLEMAN'S CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. I THINK HE SAID THE STATE BOARD WOULD BE AN APPELLATE BODY ONLY. UNDER THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WOULDN'T THAT BE AN OPPOSITE EFFECT? THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM. MR. PRESIDENT, IT WOULD NOT BE. THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROVIDES THE STATE BOARD WOULD OPERATE AS AN ALTERNATE AUTHORIZER ONLY PURSUANT TO CERTAIN PRESTRICT,S IMPROSED BY THE -- RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND RECONCILES AND REGULATIONS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE CONSTITUTIONAL MOMENT. THIS SETS UP THAT THE FRAME WORK IN ADVANCE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. THIS PROVIDES THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES PURSUANT TO WHICH IT WOULD BE AN ALTERNATE AUTHORIZER AND WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY LIMITED IN THE ABILITY TO PERFORM THE ROLE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE SENIOR SENATOR SENATOR SASLAW. WOULD THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM YIELD FOR A QUESTION. I YIELD. HE YIELDS, SENATOR. MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD ASK IF THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD TURNS DOWN THE APPLICATION IS THERE ANY PROVISION IN HERE THAT WOULD ALLOW THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SO OVERTURN THE DIVISION AND GIVE THE GO-AHEAD? THAT IS WHAT AN APPEAL IT. THE APPEAL GIVES THE APPELLATE BODY AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THE FACTORS IDENTIFIED IN HERE AND GREAT DEFERENCE WOULD ABOUT HE REQUIRED TO BE GIVEN TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ITS JUDGMENT. THE APPLICATION REQUIRES CONSIDERABLE DILIGENCE ON THE PART OF A PROPOSED CHARTER SCHOOL IN LOOKING AT THE NEED AND THE ASPECTS OF THE PROPOSAL AND IF IT DOESN'T MEET THE NEEDS OF THE LOCALITY, IT IS NOT GOING TO BE APPROVED. BUT, IF A LOCALITY TO SIMPLE SAYS WE ARE NOT OPEN TO ANY CHARTER SCHOOLS NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE APPLICATION IS AND NO MATTER HOW BADLY FAILING OUR SCHOOLS MAY BE, THEN THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DROP A LIFELINE TO KIDS AND FAMILIES IN THOSE COMMUNITIES. THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX, SENATOR SASLAW.

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield): I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield): I GUESS THE BIT OF DESCRIPTION OF THE BILL IS CLEAR SCHOOLS LIGHT BUT STILL CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THEY HAVE YANKED THE AUTHORITY FOR A YES OR A FLAT OUT YES OR NO FROM YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, IF THIS BILL WERE TO PASS AND GOVERNOR WERE TO SIGN IT AND THAT IS KIND OF DUBIOUS BUT IF THE GOVERNOR WERE TO SIGN SOMETHING LIKE THIS, WITH OR WITHOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, THIS BILL WOULD NOW BE LAW IN VIRGINIA AND THE LAST THING WE NEED IS THIS TYPE OF SETUP. THERE ARE -- THERE IS AT LEAST ONE MUNICIPALITY AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT HAS WHAT IS CALLED PUBLIC CHARTERS AND ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ONES IN THE COUNTRY. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IT ABOUT 14 YEARS AGO IN MASSACHUSETTS. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, IT WAS TOTALLY CONTROLLED BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD AND THE AND THAT IS NOT WHAT YOU HAVE, STATE. YOU KNOW THE, HERE. AND YOU CAN, YOU KNOW, MAKE THE BILL ANYWAY YOU WANT, THE BOTTOM LINE IS IT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL BILL WHICH YANKS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY AWAY FROM THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD AND THIS OUGHT NOT TO BE PASSED, MR. PRESIDENT, AND I WOULD HOPE IT BE THE PLEASURE OF THE BODY NOT TO PASS THIS AT ALL.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM ARLINGTON, SENATOR FAVOLA.

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. WOULD THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM RISE FOR A QUESTION?

[Unknown]: WOULD THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM YIELD FOR A QUESTION?

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington): I DO.

[Unknown]: HE YIELDS, SENATOR. THANK YOU. ONE OF MY QUESTIONS IS, IS THERE IS A PROVISION IN HERE THAT WOULD PROVIDE FOR STATE FUNDING WHEN THE APPEAL BOARD ESSENTIALLY REVERSES A DECISION BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD? THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF THE SENATE I WOULD SAY I'M NOT THAT AMBITIOUS OR AT LEAST NOT THIS YEAR. THIS IS ONLY A PARTIAL FRAMEWORK. THIS WILL BE NO, ABSOLUTELY NO CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT ARE GOING TO WIND UP BEING AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION UNTIL WE SIT DOWN AND HAVE A SERIOUS TALK ABOUT FUNDING. SO, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THIS. A LOT OF ANGST ABOUT IT. IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMOUNT PASSES WE TO SIT DOWN AND WORK OUT THE FUNDING ISSUES AND I EXPECT THAT IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE. WOULD THE SENATOR YIELD FOR A SECOND QUESTION. WOULD THE SENATOR YIELD FOR AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION. I YIELD. HE YIELDS, SENATOR. IF AN APPLICANT COMES FORWARD AND REJECT BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD AND APPROVED BY THE STATE BOARD AND NOW HAS PIECE OF PAPER SAYING THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE OR THEY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO START A CHARTER SCHOOL ISN'T THAT AN UNFUNDED MANDATE THE WAY THAT BILL CURRENTLY READS? THE NO ARE FROM ROCKINGHAM. IT ABSOLUTELY IS NOT. THERE IS NO WAY THAT A SCHOOL GOING TO BE WIND UP BEING ESTABLISHED WITHOUT A FUNDING MECHANISM. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CAN APPROVE IT BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THERE IS NO MONEY, THERE AIN'T NO SCHOOL. MR. PRESIDENT, SPEAKING TO THE MOTION. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. THE I REPRESENT PARTS OF A JURISDICTION LOUDOUN COUNTY THAT ACTUALLY DOES HAVE TWO CHARTER SCHOOLS AND THEIR FIRST SUCCESSFUL WAS THE MIDDLEBURG CHARTER SCHOOL AND IT STARTED IN 2014. ONE OF THE KEY COMPONENTS TO MAKING THAT SCHOOL WORK IS THE LOUDOUN SCHOOL BOARD AGREED TO TRANSFER THE COST, THE PER PUPIL COST THAT THEY ARE CURRENTLY SPENDING ON THE PUBLIC STUDENTS OR STUDENTS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS THEY TRANSFERRED THE ENTIRE AMOUNT TIMES THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN THE MIDDLEBURG COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL TO THE COOL WOULD HAVE THE FUNDS TO -- SO THE SCHOOL WOULD HAVE THE FUNDS TO OPERATE. THAT WAS A $1.4 MILLION TRANSFER AND THERE ARE ONLY 113 STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL. THIS IS NOT A PANACEA. THIS IS IN EFFECT AN ALTERNATIVE THAT IS ESSENTIALLY PART OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM ALTHOUGH IT IS CALLED CHARTER SCHOOL. THE MIDDLEBURG CHARTER SCHOOL WAS ABLE TO RAISE ADDITIONAL DOLLARS AND THEY HAVE ENHANCEMENTS BUT THEY HAVE TO HIRE TEACHERS FROM THE LOUDOUN PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM OR TEACHERS APPROVED ACCORDING TO THE REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. THIS IS THE FIRST CHARLOTTER SCHOOL TO SUCCEED IN LOUDOUN. -- THIS IS THE FIRST CHARTER SCHOOL TO SUCCEED IN LOUD. THE POINT I'M MAKING IS A, YOU REALLY DO NEED A LOT OF INPUT FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND YOU NEED FUNDING FROM THE PUBLIC TAXPAYERS IN THE JURISDICTION TO MAKE THE SCHOOL WORK. THE CONCEPT OF SOMEBODY IN THE STATE GOVERNMENT JUST HAVING COMING DOWN WITH A BIG HAND AND SAYING WE KNOW BEST AND WE ARE GOING TO APPROVE THIS AND WE DON'T CARE THAT THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD OR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY DOESN'T FEEL THAT THIS IS THE PROPER APPLICATION OR THE PROPER WAY TO GO IN THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT, IS TOTALLY THE WRONG THING TO DO AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED AND I THINK A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE WOULD AGREE. SO FOR THOSE REASONS, MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD ASK THAT WE DEFEAT THIS BILL. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM BUCKINGHAM, SENATOR GARRETT.

Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg): MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD ASK THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX IF HE WOULD YIELD FOR A QUESTION.

[Unknown]: THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM --

Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg): HE IS GONE.

[Unknown]: I WOULD ASK THE SENATOR FROM ARLINGTON IF SHE WOULD YIELD FOR A QUESTION. I WOULD ASK IF THE SCHOOLS IN I WILL. PETERSBURG ARE AS GOOD AS HER DISTRICT IN LOUDOUN COUNTY AND THOSE. I I DON'T KNOW IF THE SCHOOLS IN PETERSBURG ARE AS GOOD AS SCHOOLS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE BUT I WOULD SAY TO THE SENATOR THAT THE SCOLIOSIS EMIN PETERSBURG HAS AN OBLIGATION TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND MAKE THEIR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM WORK AND I WOULD ALSO SAY THAT THE STUDENT OUTCOME DATA OF STUDENTS IN CHILD SUPPORTER SCHOOLS IS NO BETTER THAN THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS OF STUDENTS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL. I DO UNDERSTAND THAT WE WANT TO GIVE EACH AND EVERY CHILD A GOOD HEAD CASE AND THAT IS A NOBLE GOAL AND WE SHOULD ALL -- A GOOD EDUCATION AND THAT IS NOBLE GOAL. THAT IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. I THINK THE ONLY WAY WE ACHIEVE A GOOD OUTCOME FOR EACH AND EVERY STY DENT IS THAT THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WORK IN PARTNERSHIP AND HAND IN HAND. THE SENATOR FROM BUCKINGHAM. TOOK AWHILE BUT WE GOT AN ANSWER. THAT IS EVERYBODY DESERVES AN EQUAL CHANCE BUT THIS ISN'T THE WAY TO DO IT. SPEAKING TO THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. THE REASON I DIRECTED MY QUESTION AS I HAD WAS BECAUSE WE HEARD THE EXACT SAME WORDS ALMOST VERBATIM BACK WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST TIME. I AGREE THAT SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT YOU THIS ISN'T IT. AND EVERY YEAR THERE ARE NO PROPOSALS FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WON'T WANT TO DEFEAT -- WHO WANT TO DEFEAT THIS BILL ON HOW TO HELP THESE KID. I WOULD CONTEND, AGAIN, ONE, TWO, THREE YEARS REDUNDANTLY THAT IN THE AREAS IN VIRGINIA WHERE YOUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AREN'T DOING AS WELL AS OTHERS THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT FAILING THE SCHOOLS, THE SCHOOLS ARE FAILING OUR CHILDREN. AND WE ARE LUCKY BECAUSE WE GOT GOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLSERS BY AND LARGE. BUT IF YOU LISTEN TO THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM WE ARE NOT PRIVATIZING ANYTHING. THREE ARE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS AND THE LOCALITY HAS AN OBLIGATION TO QUOTE ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND DO THE BEST THEY CAN FOR THEIR STUDENTS. BUT THEY ARE NOT. SO EVERY SINGLE YEAR THOUSANDS PRIMARILY MINORITY SOCIOECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED KIDS ARE TRAPPED IN SCHOOLS THAT THEY ARE NOT FAILING BUT SCHOOLS THAT ARE FAILING THEM. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO TO CONVEY HOW SERIOUSLY I TAKE THIS. IT BLOWS MY MIND BECAUSE MY DISTINCT HAS PRETTY GOOD SCHOOLS. I'M NOT GOING TO GET A WHOLE LOT OF VOTES IN RURAL VIRGINIA FIGHTING FOR CHILDREN FROM PETERSBURG BUT IF YOU ARE ENTITLED TO ONE THING IT IS THE EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY AND WE DON'T HAVE IT. NO, IT IS NOT A PANACEA BUT DARN SURE A STEP? THE RIGHT DIRECTION -- STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND I'M SICK AND TIRED OF HALF OF THE CHAMBER GOING WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING BUT THIS ISN'T IT AND THEN NOT PROPOSING ANY SOLUTIONS. THINK ABOUT IT IN YOUR HEARTS. PLEASE, THIS ISN'T POLITICAL ABOUT THE VEA AND PEOPLE CONSOLIDATING POWER OR PEOPLE HIDING WHERE PERHAPS THEY ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS AS WELL AS THEY ARE IN OTHER PLACES. THIS IS ABOUT KIDS AND ALL THIS WILL DO IS GIVE A SECOND AVENUE FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE KIDS A CHANCE TO SUCCEED. THIS IS A NO BRAINER, MR. PRESIDENT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE SUPPORT THIS BILL. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE COUNTY, SENATOR EDWARDS.

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke): WOULD THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM YIELD FOR A YES?

[Unknown]: I YIELD.

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke): HE YIELDS, SENATOR.

[Unknown]: LOOKING AT LINES 318 THROUGH 322, IT PROVIDES THAT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY OVERRULE A LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD THAT DENIES AN APPLICATION FOR A CHARTER SCHOOLS UPON REVIEWING THREE FACTORS. ONE IS AND IT SAYS THE -- THE APPLICATION FOR THE CHARTER SCHOOLS MEETS THE STANDARDS OF A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATION. THAT PRIMARILY REPRESENTS AUTHORIZERS OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. COULD THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM TELL ME WHAT THAT IS? WHAT NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATION IS BEING REFERRED TO HERE? THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM. MR. PRESIDENT, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN IT IS THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS AUTHORIZER. THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE CITY. WOULD THE SENATOR YIELD FOR A FURTHER QUESTION? THE SENATOR YIELD FOR AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION? I YIELD. WHERE IS THE ORGANIZATION AND ANNEALS, SENATOR. WHAT IS -- HE YIELDS, SENATOR. WHO IS BEHIND IT. IT IS NO AT SHADOWY NEFARIOUS ORGANIZATION. IT IS AN ORGANIZATION OF NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL AUTHORIZERS AND IF I WERE TO GUESS I WOULD GUESS THAT IT IS BASED IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL OR AT LEAST THAT IS WHERE ITS OFFICE IS. AND IT IS AN ASSOCIATION AS MANY OTHER ASSOCIATIONS WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE CITY. MR. PRESIDENT, WOULD THE SENATOR YIELD FOR ANOTHER QUESTION. DOES THE SENATOR YIELD FOR AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION? HE YIELDS, SENATOR. I YIELD. ANOTHER FACT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION IS SUPPOSED TO CONSIDER IN OVERTURNING THE DECISION NOT TO HAVE A CHARTER SCHOOL IS THAT QUOTE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORTS SUCH APPLICATION END QUOTE. HOW IS SAYS THE SCHOOL BOARD, THE LOCAL SCHOOL WARD HAS ALREADY TURNED IT DOWN, HOW DOES THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THE APPLICATION. THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM. MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THAT I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE BUT I HAVE A PRETTY GOOD IDEA AS TO WHAT MY COMMUNITY SUPPORTS AND DOESN'T SUPPORT AND THERE ARE OCCASIONS UPON WHICH CITY COUNCILS, COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OR SCHOOL BOARDS MAKE DECISIONS FOR REASONS UNRELATED TO WHAT THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS. NOW, SOME PEOPLE WANTED THIS TO BE A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN APPLICANTS A DIRECT ROUTE TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SO THAT THEY COULD TOTALLY BYPASS LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. I DON'T SUPPORT THAT AND I NEVER HAVE SUPPORTED THAT. I DO LEAVE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT -- I DO BELIEVE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO OPERATE AS AN APPELLATE BODY AND YES, I DO BELIEVE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO PAY HEED TO THE WISHES OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE DEGREE TO WHICH A COMMUNITY SUPPORTS AND DEMANDS CHARTER SCHOOLS. YOU KNOW, WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IS REPEATEDLY SITUATIONS IN WHICH LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE CONSIDERED CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS IN VIRGINIA AND ELSEWHERE AND THE ARGUMENT AGAINST IT HAS BEEN BUT THERE IS NO SUPPORT FOR IT. THERE IS NO DEMAND FOR IT. YEAH, WHEN AGAINST ALL ODDS THOSE FEW CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE OPENED HERE IN VIRGINIA HAVE OPENED AND GREATER NUMBER ACROSS THE COUNTRY, KIDS AND FAMILIES ARE LINED UP TO ENROLL IN THOSE CHARTER SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS ARE LINED UP TO WORK IN THOSE CHARTER SCHOOLS BECAUSE IT FREES THEM UP TO USE THEIR CREATIVITY AS TEACHERS. SO, YEAH, MR. PRESIDENT, I DO BELIEVE THAT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION OUGHT TO CONSIDER THE DESIRES OF THE LOCALITY AND THOSE FAMILIES AND THOSE KIDS WHO LINE UP ROUTINELY AT CHARTER SCHOOLS AROUND VIRGINIA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHEN THEY ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENROLL IN THEM. THE SENATOR FROM ROANOKE CITY. MR. PRESIDENT, SPEAKING TO THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. I WOULD HOPE IT WOULD BE THE PLEASURE OF THE BODY TO REJECT THIS BILL. MR. PRESIDENT, ONE OF THE FOUNDATIONS IN THE CONSTITUTION OF VIRGINIA WITH REGARD TO THE WHO IS TO GOVERN LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. MANY ARE ELECTED AND SOME ARE APPOINTED. THEY REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF THE LOCALITY AND THEY SHOULD KNOW WHAT THE LOCALITY WANTS TO DO. I UNDERSTAND ONLY LIKE NINE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN VIRGINIA TELLS ME VOLUMES ABOUT THE DEMAND FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS WHICH IS VERY LITTLE. MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD HOPE THAT THE BODY WOULD SEE THIS BILL IS THE EFFORT TO HAVE THE HANDFUL OF PEOPLE ON THE STATEWIDE BOARD OF EDUCATION DICTATE TO LOCALITIES CONTRARY TO OUR CONSTITUTION AS TO WHAT KIND OF SCHOOLS WE SHOULD HAVE. AGAIN, THE CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS SHOULD GOVERN OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS AND I WOULD HOPE THE BODY WOULD REJECT THE BILL. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM. MR. PRESIDENT, I HESITATE TO RISE BUT I WANT TO RISE FOR TWO BRIEF OBSERVATIONS. NUMBER ONE, I HEAR WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. IF YOU DON'T WANT CHARTER SCHOOLS AT ALL IN VIRGINIA, JUST VOTE AGAINST THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND YOU WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT. BUT IF THE CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT PASSES, EVERY SINGLE COMMENT I HAVE HEARD FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE INDICATES THAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE THIS BILL. BECAUSE YOU WANT LOCAL CONTROL OVER WHETHER CHARTER SCHOOLS COME TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND THIS GIVES MORE LOCAL CONTROL. IT ENSURES THAT CHARTER PLAY CAN'TS HAVE TO GO TO -- APPLICANTS HAVE TO GO TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD FIRST AND IT MAKES SURE THAT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE DESIRES OF LOCAL SCHOOL DIVISIONS. SO, IF YOU WANT A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WITH NO RESTRICT,S ON THE ABILITY OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO CONSIDER APPEALS OR DIRECT APPLICATIONS, VOTE AGAINST THIS. JUST VOTE AGAINST IT. SECOND OF ALL, IF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DOESN'T PASS, I HAVE HEARD NOBODY SUGGEST, NOT ONE PERSON SUGGEST THAT THE FRAMEWORK IN HERE THE MODERNIZED FRAMEWORK FOR APPLICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS IS A BAD THING. SO IF YOU ARE OPPOSED TO CHARTER SCHOOLS JUST VOTE AGAINST THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BUT THIS WILL DOES A LOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE UTILIZE BEST PRACTICES FOR THOSE CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT ARE APPROVED. AND SECOND, TO MAKE SURE THAT IN THE EVENT THAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IS PASSED, THAT WE PROTECT THE PREROGATIVE OF THE LOCALITIES. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX, SENATOR SASLAW.

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield): ONE FINAL TIME. THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM KEEPS SAYING THAT VOTE AGAINST THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IF YOU DON'T LIKE CHARTER SCHOOLS. THIS DOES THE SAME THING AS THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMOUNT DOES, JUST ADDS MORE STRUCTURE TO IT. CAN'T PUT A PAGE AND A HALF BILL, ALTHOUGH SOME HAVE TRIED IN THE CONSTITUTION. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THIS IS CHARTER SCHOOLS. OKAY. AND THERE IS A WAY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE IN THE AREAS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN DONE YET. I HAVE SOME IDEAS AND OTHER PEOPLE IN HERE HAVE IDEAS AND YOU CAN MAKE IT WITH LOCAL CONTROL. THE BEST WAY TO START THAT PROCESS IS TO DEFEAT THIS BILL. FINALLY, I WANT TO APOLOGIZE TO THE SENATOR FROM BUCKINGHAM WHO ASKED ME TO YIELD FOR A QUESTION AND I WAS IN THE BACK STUFFING MY FACE. IF HE WANTS ME TO YIELD, I WOULD BE GLAD TO DO THAT.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM BUCKINGHAM.

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield): I WOULD QUERY IF THERE IS A WAY TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS WHY IS THERE NOT A BILL? IT KILLS ME, MR. PRESIDENT, THERE IS NOT A BILL. IF THERE IS A WAY TO DO THIS, I'M ASKING, I'M BEGGING THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX TO BRING THAT BILL. UNTIL THEN, THIS IS WHAT WE GOT.

[Unknown]: MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD ANSWER THAT BY SAYING THAT AND WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE BRINGS, THE SENATOR FROM BUCKINGHAM, MAY NOT BE HERE NEXT YEAR IF PLANS -- IF HIS PLANS GO RIGHT, HE PROBABLY WON'T. BUT THERE ARE SOME OF US WHO ARE GOING TO WORK ON SOMETHING OVER THE NEXT 10 MONTHS, 11 MONTHS, WHATEVER, TO TRY TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN GET A LOCAL CONSENSUS ON AND WOULD MAKE IT ATTRACTIVE, ESSENTIALLY A DEAL THEY COULDN'T REFUSE TO HELP THESE AREAS AND IT WOULD BE CONFINED TO THOSE AREAS WHERE THEY DESPERATE PLAY NEED HELP, NOT LEFT IN A BLANKET SITUATION FOR ANY MUNICIPALITY, YOU KNOW, THAT SOMEBODY WANTS TO START A CHARTER SCHOOL. WITH THAT IN MIND, AND WE PROBABLY YOU KNOW MIGHT HAVE PAID CLOSER ATTENTION TO THIS OVER THE YEARS AND I PLEAD GUILTY AS MUCH AS ANYBODY ELSE BUT THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO FIX IT. THE SENATOR FROM HAMPTON, SENATOR LOCKE.

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. SPEAKING TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton): MR. PRESIDENT, IT WAS NOT MY INTENT TO SPEAK ON THIS LEGISLATION BUT I DO WANT TO POINT OUT IT CERTAINLY IS NOT A PANACEA. WE ARE TOLD THAT WE NEED TO PROVIDE OUR OWN BILL, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO POINT OUT IS THAT EVERY YEAR WE KEEP LOOKING AT EVERY EFFORT TO DIVERT GENERAL FUND DOLLARS WAY FROM IT K-12, TO PUTTING IN PUBLIC FUND DOLLARS TO PRIVATE EDUCATION. WE HAVE SEEN THAT HAPPEN. IF WE WANT TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THEN LET'S STOP INCREASING CLASSROOM SIZES. LET'S START SUPPORTING PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS. LET'S SUPPORT SOL REFORM. LET'S LOOK AT THE 2015 STUDY FROM THE CENTER FOR RESEARCH EDUCATION OUTCOMES FROM STANFORD. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THE OLD STUDY,LET LOOK AT THE NEW STUDY THAT SAYS THAT 57% OF CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE NOT JUT PERFORMING PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND IF WE LOOK AT THE 43% THEY SAY ARE DOING WELL IF WE LOOK DEEPER INTO THE 43% EVEN THOSE AREN'T DOING WHAT THEY SAY THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. EVEN WITHIN THAT 43% ALL OF THEM ARE NOT OUTPERFORMING TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IF THE CHARTER SCHOOL IS, INDEED, THE PANACEA WHY AREN'T THOSE 43% STUDIED DOING EXTRAORDINARY WELL AS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING AS CHARTER SCHOOLS? SO IF CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE, INDEED, THE PANACEA FOR WHAT ILLS THOSE CHILDREN, THEN WHY AREN'T CHARTER SCHOOLS ALL OVER THE PLACE? THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 734 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLS AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE?


Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls): UNFORTUNATELY, IT DID NOT MOVE FORWARD. A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE WOULD LIKE TO SEE AN EXPANSION OF CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THE COMMONWEALTH. THIS BILL DOES NOT DO THAT. I JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THIS BILLINGS. WE SPENT ABOUT FIVE WEEKS AND WE REALIZED THAT THE CODE TALKING ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS SECTION THAT ADDRESSES CHARTER SCHOOLS IS WOE ANY OUT OF DATE. THIS BILL, WHILE IT DOES NOT EXPAND THE AUTHORITY AND HOW IT IS GRANTED, IT DOES DO A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF CLEANING UP THE APPLICATION PROCESS, THE LOCAL APPROVAL PROCESS, THE CONTRACTS THAT WILL BE PUT IN PLACE BETWEEN CHARTER SCHOOLS, THE REVIEW OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS, AND REALLY DOES DO, I THINK, A GOOD JOB OF MODERNIZING THIS SECTION OF THE CODE. IT DID REPORT OUT OF THE EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY, IT HAD SOME OPPOSITION AT THE FULL COMMITTEE BUT I THINK IT'S A REALLY GOOD WORK AND I'D APPRECIATE THAT Y'ALL CONSIDER IT AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, OBVIOUSLY WE'LL ANSWER THEM. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PRINCE WILLIAM FOR A FEW COMMENTS ON CHARTER SCHOOLS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): Speaker: THE GENTLEMAN FROM PRINCE WILLIAM, MR. LINGAMFELTER.

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUDOUN HAS WELL DESCRIBED WHAT THIS ACTUALLY DOES. AND I HOPE THAT YOU'LL SUPPORT THE BILL BECAUSE I DO THINK IT WILL BRING MORE CLARITY TO LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS AS THEY LOOK AT BOTH THE APPLICATION PIECE OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL LAW AND THE CONTRACT PIECE. IT LAYS IT OUT MORE CLEARLY FOR THEM. AND I THINK IT WILL MAKE IT ICIER FOR LOCAL SCHOOL DIVISIONS TO MAKE DECISIONS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER ABOUT A CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION. I HOPE IT WILL RESULT IN MORE CHARTER SCHOOLS. I'M NOT ENCOURAGED IT WILL. I THINK THERE ARE STILL THINGS WE NEED TO DO. AS IT GOES, I DO THINK THIS BILL IS A GOOD FIRST STEP TO GETTING OUR CHARTER SCHOOL BILL IN A MORE UNDERSTANDABLE POSTURE, AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOUR SUPPORT.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): Speaker: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FAIRFAX, MS. WATTS.

[Unknown]: I'M GOING TO ASK THAT THIS GO BY FOR THE DAY, IF I MAY SPEAK TO MY REQUEST.

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

[Unknown]: BECAUSE OF THE EXTENSIVE REWRITE, POSSIBLY, AND THE FACT THAT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS VERSION AS A BODY, AND THE FACT THAT PUBLIC EDUCATION REALLY AFFECTS ALL OF US IN OUR DISTRICTS, IT'S NOT LIKE SOME OF THE BILLS THAT WE HANDLE THAT ARE VERY NARROWLY FOCUSED AND WE DEFINITELY APPRECIATE THE COMMITTEE'S WORK ON THE BILL. IF WE COULD HAVE A DAY TO LOOK AT THIS LANGUAGE, I -- I KNOW I PERSONALLY WOULD FEEL FAR MORE COMFORTABLE, SO, AGAIN, I REQUEST THAT IT GO BY FOR THE DAY.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): Speaker: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SENATE BILL 734 BY FOR THE DAY.

[Unknown]: Clerk: CONTINUING WITH SENATE BILLS ON THIRST READING REGULAR, SENATE BILL 748, A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF VIRGINIA RELIGION TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2016, VOLUNTARY PROGRAM AUTHORIZING PUBLIC UTILITIES TO ACQUIRE


Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls): I ASK THAT THE BILL PASS.

[Unknown]: THE GENTLE WOMAN FROM FAIRFAX, MISS WATTS.

Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUDOUN YIELD FOR A QUESTION?

[Unknown]: WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? YES, I YIELD. GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I DO THANK YOU FOR LETTING US TAKE A LOOK AT THIS AND I PERSONALLY HAVE JUST ONE QUESTION, YOU REFER, I BELIEVE ON LINE 84 THAT THE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. DOES THAT MEAN THAT STUDENTS AT A PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL WILL HAVE TO PASS THE SOL ON THE SAME BASIS THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS DO? I SAY TO THE GENTLE LADY THE ANSWER IS YES. IF I CAN BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO LINES 32 AND 33 OF THE SUBSTITUTE WHERE IT SAYS AS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, CHARTER SCHOOLS SHALLING SUBJECT TO THE STANDARDS OF QUALITY, LEARNING AND ACCREDITATION. THE ANSWER IS YES. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): SHALL THE BILL PASS? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYE, 66, NO. 30. THE BILL IS PASSED. TURNING TO PAGE 11 OF THE
FAIRFAX.

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria): MR. PRESIDENT, HAVING VOTED ON THE PREVAILING SIDE, SKI THAT WE RECONSIDER -- I ASK THAT WE RECONSIDER THE VOTE.

[Unknown]: IS THAT ON SENATE BILL 734? YES.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE VOTE BY WHICH THE SENATE CONCURRED WITH THE HOUSE SUBSTITUTE BE RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE


Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): I MOVE THAT WE AGREE WITH THE GOVERNOR'S AMENDMENTS. THIS CORRECTS A TECHNICAL PROBLEM THAT ENSURES THAT THE NEW GUIDELINES AND FRAME WORK FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS UNDER THOSE NEW GUIDELINES THAT THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO BE SUBJECT TO COURT ORDERED DESEGREGATION RULING.

[Unknown]: THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS BE AGREED TO. 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.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): AYES 39, NOS 0.

[Unknown]: NOS 39, NOS 0. THE GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS ARE AGREED TO. SENATE BILL 748. THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA BEACH, SENATOR WAGNER.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB565.