Alternatives to suspension; Board of Education shall establish guidelines for local school boards. (SB829)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; suspensions. Directs the Board of Education to establish guidelines for alternatives to short-term and long-term suspension for consideration by local school boards. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/10/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100600D
11/10/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/12/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB829)
01/18/2017Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/02/2017Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2017Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Placed on Calendar
02/08/2017Read first time
02/08/2017Referred to Committee on Education
02/13/2017Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2017Read second time
02/15/2017Read third time
02/15/2017Passed House (85-Y 13-N)
02/15/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (85-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB829ER)
02/17/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB829ER)
02/17/2017Signed by Speaker
02/20/2017Signed by President
02/21/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/03/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 303 (effective 7/1/17)
03/03/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0303)


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 44 seconds.


Eva King writes:

I support this effort to find alternatives to the current practices of short- and long-term suspensions, as these measures ultimately put the "problem kids" on a further downward trajectory, that is hard to break.