School closure; education vouchers, funding for home instruction, etc. (HB5008)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg), and Del. Scott Wyatt (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School closure; education vouchers; emergency. Requires, in the event that a public school in the Commonwealth is closed for in-person instruction for 30 or more days during a school year, the parent of an enrolled student who withdraws his child from attendance at such school to receive, upon request, an education voucher in an amount equal to a prorated share of the applicable Standards of Quality per-pupil state funds appropriated for public school purposes and apportioned to the school division, including the per-pupil share of state sales tax funding in basic aid and any state per-pupil share of special education funding for which the child is eligible, to cover the expenses of providing home instruction or tuition and fees at a nonpublic school for such student for the remainder of the school year. The bill permits the Department of Education to establish rules, regulations, or procedures for the issuance of such education vouchers. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/11/2020Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 08/18/20 20200354D
08/11/2020Referred to Committee on Education
08/19/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB5008)
08/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5008)
11/09/2020Left in Education


Marianne Cole writes:

Hello, I am a Graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University studying social work. Who may I speak to regarding this Bill?

Who are the legislators, organizations, advocates for this Bill?

Who is most prominent in the policy process as it relates to this Bill?

And how can I get involved?

Thank you, Maianne Cole