Children's Services Act; funds expended special education programs. (HB2117)

Introduced By

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Children's Services Act; special education programs. Requires that funds expended for special education services under the Children's Services Act only be expended on educational programs that are licensed by the Department of Education. The bill adds children and youth previously placed in approved private school educational programs for at least six months, who will receive transitional services in a public school setting for no longer than 12 months, to the target population for eligibility for the state pool of funds. The bill requires the Secretary of Education, in conjunction with the Office of Children's Services and the Department of Education, to establish a work group (the Work Group) with appropriate stakeholders to develop a detailed plan to direct the transfer of Children's Services Act funds currently reserved for children requiring an educational placement in a private special education day school or residential facility to the Department of Education and to develop a standardized reporting process, template, and reporting requirement for private special education day school tuition rates to ensure that tuition rates can be accurately compared across schools and over time. The bill requires that the Work Group submit its plan and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations by November 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


01/27/2021: In Committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102547D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/19/2021Referred from Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/19/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2021Assigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ
01/25/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2117)
01/27/2021Reported from Education with substitute (20-Y 2-N)
01/27/2021Committee substitute printed 21103572D-H1
01/27/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2021Incorporates HB2211 (Plum)
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2117H1)

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