Standards of Quality; work-based learning and principal mentorship, teacher leaders and mentors. (HB1929)

Introduced By

Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg) with support from 10 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

School Equity and Staffing Act; Standards of Quality; work-based learning; teacher leaders and mentors; principal mentors; certain personnel positions and initiatives. Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of units in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and principal mentorship statewide in Standard 1 and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs in Standard 5. The bill also makes several changes relating to school personnel in Standard 2, including (i) establishing schoolwide ratios of students to teachers in certain schools with high concentrations of poverty and granting flexibility to provide compensation adjustments to teachers in such schools; (ii) requiring each school board to assign licensed personnel in a manner that provides an equitable distribution of experienced, effective teachers and other personnel among all schools in the local school division; (iii) requiring each school board to employ teacher leaders and teacher mentors at specified student-to-position ratios; (iv) requiring state funding in addition to basic aid to support at-risk students and granting flexibility in the use of such funds by school boards; (v) lowering the ratio of English language learner students to teachers; (vi) requiring each school board to employ reading specialists and establishing a student-to-position ratio for such specialists; (vii) requiring school boards to employ one full-time principal in each elementary school; (viii) lowering the ratio of students to assistant principals and school counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools; and (ix) requiring each school board to provide at least four specialized student support positions, including school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, licensed behavior analysts, licensed assistant behavior analysts, and other licensed health and behavioral positions, per 1,000 students. Read the Bill »

Status

01/20/2021: In Committee

History

DateAction
01/10/2021Committee
01/10/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101610D
01/10/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/14/2021Assigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ
01/18/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/18/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/20/2021Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1929)

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