School counselors; staffing ratios, report. (HB1653)

Introduced By

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Education; data collection; school counselor positions. Requires the Department of Education to collect data from school boards regarding their ability to fill school counselor positions, including (i) the number of school counselors employed in elementary, middle, and high schools in the local school division; (ii) the number and duration of school counselor vacancies; (iii) the number, role, and license type of other licensed counseling professionals employed by the school board; and (iv) information about their preferences for meeting updated school counselor to student ratios with other licensed counseling professionals. The bill requires the Department to report the results of such data collection to the Governor, the Secretary of Education, the House Committee on Appropriations, and the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations no later than June 30, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105372D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on Education
01/21/2020Assigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ
01/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1653)
02/03/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Reported from Education with substitute (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107128D-H1
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/07/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107128D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1653H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (92-Y 7-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (92-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1653H1)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/18/2020Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/27/2020Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Reading of amendment waived
03/02/2020Committee amendment agreed to
03/02/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/02/2020Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Placed on Calendar
03/03/2020Senate amendment agreed to by House (96-Y 2-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Adoption (96-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1653ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1653ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 641 (effective 7/1/20)
04/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0641)


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