DOE; pilot program, placement transition of certain students. (SB1576)

Introduced By

Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem) with support from co-patron Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Education; pilot program; feasibility of educational placement transition of certain students with disabilities. Requires the Department of Education and relevant local school boards to develop and implement a pilot program for up to four years in two to eight local school divisions in the Commonwealth. In developing the pilot program, the Department is required to partner with the appropriate school board employees in each such local school division to (i) identify the resources, services, and supports required by each student who resides in each such local school division and who is educated in a private school setting pursuant to his Individualized Education Program; (ii) study the feasibility of transitioning each such student from his private school setting to an appropriate public school setting in the local school division and providing the identified resources, services, and supports in such public school setting; and (iii) recommend a process for redirecting federal, state, and local funds, including funds provided pursuant to the Children's Services Act, provided for the education of each such student to the local school division for the purpose of providing the identified resources, services, and supports in the appropriate public school setting. The bill requires the Department of Education to make a report to the Governor, the Senate Committees on Education and Health and Finance, and the House Committees on Education and Appropriations on the findings of each pilot program after two and four years. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. The bill incorporates SB 1264. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100917D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/22/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1576)
01/24/2019Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2019Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Committee substitute printed 19106171D-S1
01/31/2019Incorporates SB1264 (Vogel)
02/01/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1576S1)
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Read second time
02/05/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106171D-S1
02/05/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1576S1
02/05/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Placed on Calendar
02/08/2019Read first time
02/08/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/2019Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/13/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (7-Y 1-N)
02/19/2019Left in Appropriations


Karen Stein writes:

Please consider that this is a pilot to study what services, staffing, and items are necessary to provide more children of our Commonwealth with a education with their siblings and neighbors. Research already shows that children with disabilities and those without benefit from including these children in classes together. Learning whatever these students need to receive an education in what is truly the most appropriate setting through this inexpensive pilot, limited scope study. .

Finally, the expense to educate the children this bill targets, who's schools currently pay for them to attend private, often specialty is quite high. Wouldn't it be wonderful if this bill, in conjunction with the JLARC study into CSA and special education, demonstrates that the home school education for children currently not being served there is feasible will save the Commonwealth the large difference in cost between these two schooling settings multiplied by the number of students currently served in private school settings. .

Therefore, you are considering a bill to authorize an inexpensive pilot program with the potential for large ongoing savings. Please pass SB 1576 so the Budget conferees have the opportunity to review the financial request.