School boards; establishment of the READ Fund and READ programs. (HB2090)

Introduced By

Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School boards; establishment of the READ Fund and READ programs. Establishes the Reimbursement for Education Access Decisions (READ) Fund (the Fund); permits any school board to establish a READ program to provide, during the state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, funds to any parent or legal guardian who meets compulsory attendance requirements by having his child taught by a tutor or teacher of qualifications prescribed by the Board of Education and approved by the division superintendent in lieu of enrollment in the local school division to cover certain costs of such education; and permits any such school board to apply to the Department of Education for an award from the Fund to reimburse the school board for half of the cost of making reimbursements to parents pursuant to its READ program. The bill provides that the school board is responsible for covering the remaining half of the cost of its READ program with such federal and local funds as may be available for such purpose. The bill permits the Department of Education to establish such rules and procedures as it deems necessary for receiving applications for reimbursement and making awards from the Fund. The bill also provides that if federal funding is provided pursuant to an Act of Congress with regard to relief from the COVID-19 pandemic and such Act does not preclude such federal funding from being used to make awards from the Fund, the Governor shall reserve a reasonable amount of such federal funding to be credited to the Fund to fully support reimbursement requests from such school boards. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Failed


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101259D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2021Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/21/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2090)
01/22/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2021Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2021Left in Education