School boards; planning time and planning periods for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. (HB273)

Introduced By

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico) with support from co-patrons Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), and Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School boards; teachers; planning time and planning periods. Requires each local school board to ensure that each elementary school teacher has an average of one 45-minute period per school day of planning time and that each middle and high school teacher is provided an average of one planning period per school day or the equivalent, which shall be at least 45 minutes or one class period, whichever is longer. The bill permits local school boards and teachers to enter into an appropriate contractual arrangement providing for compensation in lieu of such planning time or period. Under current law, public elementary school teachers are guaranteed at least an average of 30 minutes of planning time per school day during a school week. Read the Bill »


02/21/2020: Passed the Senate


12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102061D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB273)
01/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
01/29/2020Reported from Education with amendment (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB273E
02/03/2020Printed as engrossed 20102061D-E
02/04/2020Read third time and passed House (91-Y 6-N)
02/04/2020VOTE: Passage (91-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB273E)
02/13/2020Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/19/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/21/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/21/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/21/2020Passed Senate with amendment (29-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Placed on Calendar
02/25/2020Senate amendment rejected by House (2-Y 98-N)
02/25/2020VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Senate insisted on amendment (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Senate requested conference committee
02/28/2020House acceded to request
02/28/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/28/2020Delegates: VanValkenburg, Bourne, Robinson
03/02/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/02/2020Senators: Stuart, Petersen, Hashmi
03/12/2020No further action taken
03/12/2020Failed to pass in House