School counselors; minimum staffing ratio. (HB1508)

Introduced By

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Minimum staffing ratio for school counselors. Requires local school boards to employ school counselors in accordance with the following ratios, effective with the 2020-2021 school year: in elementary schools, one hour per day per 75 students, one full-time equivalent at 375 students, one hour per day additional time per 75 students or major fraction thereof; in middle schools, one period per 65 students, one full-time equivalent at 325 students, one additional period per 65 students or major fraction thereof; and in high schools, one period per 60 students, one full-time equivalent at 300 students, one additional period per 60 students or major fraction thereof. The bill also requires local school boards to employ one full-time equivalent school counselor position per 325 students in grades kindergarten through 12, effective with the 2021-2022 school year. This bill incorporates HB 398. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Presented and ordered printed 20102840D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Education
01/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1508)
01/15/2020Assigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2020Committee substitute printed 20106811D-H1
01/29/2020Incorporates HB398 (Keam)
01/29/2020Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1508H1)
02/05/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations with amendment (18-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee on Education substitute agreed to 20106811D-H1
02/07/2020Committee on Appropriations amendment agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1508EH1
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20106811D-EH1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (83-Y 16-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (83-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1508EH1)
02/27/2020Reported from Education and Health with amendment (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/02/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Reading of amendment waived
03/05/2020Committee amendment agreed to
03/05/2020Passed by temporarily
03/05/2020Committee amendment reconsidered (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Committee amendment rejected
03/05/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1508ER)
03/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1508ER)
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 953 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0953)

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