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

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), 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 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 HB 2117. Read the Bill »


03/11/2021: signed by governor


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
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1313S1)
02/01/2021Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Committee substitute printed 21104193D-S2
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2021Committee substitute rejected 21103505D-S1
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104193D-S2
02/04/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1313S2
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1313S2)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Education
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Education
02/15/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read second time
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed House (97-Y 2-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Passage (97-Y 2-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1313ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1313ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed 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 71 (effective 7/1/21)
03/11/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0071)

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