Children's Services Act; funds expended special education programs. (SB1313)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg), and Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


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 »


01/21/2021: passed committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102548D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/13/2021Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/14/2021Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Incorporates SB1099 (Stuart)
01/21/2021Incorporates SB1114 (Peake)
01/21/2021Committee substitute printed 21103505D-S1
01/21/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1313S1)

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