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

Introduced By

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Children's Services Act; special education programs. Requires that funds expended for private special education services under the Children's Services Act only be expended on educational programs that are licensed by the Board of Education or an equivalent out-of-state licensing agency. The bill also provides that as of July 1, 2022, such funds may only be expended for programs that the Office of Children's Services certify as having reported their tuition rates. 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 to the target population for eligibility for the state pool of funds. The bill provides that state funds shall be allocated for no longer than 12 months for transitional services. The bill requires the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Resources, in conjunction with the Office of Children's Services and the Department of Education, to establish a 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, as well as several other topics. 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, as well as a final plan and recommendations by November 1, 2022. This bill is identical to SB 1313. Read the Bill »


03/11/2021: signed by governor


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) (see vote tally)
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)
01/28/2021Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/29/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2021Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103572D-H1
02/02/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2117H1
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House (97-Y 2-N)
02/03/2021VOTE: Passage (97-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2021Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Committee substitute printed 21200042D-S1
02/11/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/17/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2117S1)
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200042D-S1
02/18/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2117S1
02/18/2021Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Placed on Calendar
02/22/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200042D-S1 (95-Y 3-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Adoption (95-Y 3-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2117ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2117ER)
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 70 (effective 7/1/21)
03/11/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0070)