School counselors; minimum staffing ratio. (SB880)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


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. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102837D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/20/2020Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB880)
01/30/2020Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/06/2020Continued to 2021 in Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Reconsidered by Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/11/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB880E
02/11/2020Printed as engrossed 20102837D-E
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Education
02/17/2020Reported from Education with amendment (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/2020Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/19/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20108566D-H1
02/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB880H1)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (80-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee on Education aamendment rejected
02/26/2020Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 20108566D-H1
02/26/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB880H1
02/26/2020Passed House with substitute (80-Y 17-N)
02/28/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (7-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020House insisted on substitute
03/02/2020House requested conference committee
03/03/2020Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/03/2020Senators: Locke, Hashmi, Newman
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: McQuinn, Mugler, Brewer
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (81-Y 14-N)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (81-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB880ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB880ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 952 (effective - see bill)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0952)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1508.