Public schools; instructional time for elementary school. (SB273)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; instructional time. Requires local school boards to provide (i) a minimum of 680 hours of instructional time to students in elementary school, except for students in half-day kindergarten, in the four academic disciplines of English, mathematics, science, and history and social science and (ii) a minimum of 375 hours of instructional time to students in half-day kindergarten in the four academic disciplines of English, mathematics, science, and history and social science. The bill authorizes local school boards to include and requires the Board of Education to accept, for elementary school, unstructured recreational time that is intended to develop teamwork, social skills, and overall physical fitness in any calculation of total instructional time or teaching hours. This bill is identical to HB 1419. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101672D
01/05/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/17/2018Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/25/2018Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB273)
01/29/2018Read second time
01/29/2018Reading of amendment waived
01/29/2018Committee amendment agreed to
01/29/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB273E
01/29/2018Printed as engrossed 18101672D-E
01/30/2018Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Placed on Calendar
02/05/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Referred to Committee on Education
02/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB273E)
02/16/2018Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #2
02/21/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
02/26/2018Reported from Education with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Committee substitute printed 18107366D-H1
02/26/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB273H1)
02/28/2018Read second time
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107366D-H1
03/01/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB273H1
03/01/2018Passed House with substitute (98-Y 2-N)
03/01/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018House insisted on substitute
03/06/2018House requested conference committee
03/07/2018Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2018Senators: Petersen, Peake, Lewis
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Delaney, Davis, Yancey
03/08/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2018Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 3-N)
03/08/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB273ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB273ER)
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/06/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 784 (effective 7/1/18)
04/06/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0784)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Catherine Stewart writes:

Thank you Chap Petersen for sponsoring our Recess bill for us.