Public school teachers; probationary term of service, grounds for dismissal, and dismissal hearings. (HB9)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public school teachers; probationary term of service, grounds for dismissal, and dismissal hearings. Permits each school board to extend for up to two additional years the three-year probationary term of service that is required for each teacher in the school division before the issuance of a continuing contract and prohibits each school board from reemploying a teacher whose performance evaluation during such probationary period is not satisfactory. The bill provides that, for the purpose of the dismissal of a teacher for cause, the term "incompetency" may be construed to include consistent failure to meet the endorsement requirements for the position or one or more unsatisfactory performance evaluations. The bill also eliminates the option for a school board to conduct a teacher dismissal hearing before a three-member fact-finding panel, requires each such hearing to be set no later than 15 days after the request for the hearing, and reduces from 10 days to five days the minimum period of advance written notice to the teacher of the time and place of such hearing. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/17/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100668D
12/17/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/17/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB9)
01/17/2022Assigned Education sub: K-12
01/18/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/19/2022Reported from Education (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2022Read first time
01/24/2022Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N)9
01/25/2022Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
01/25/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/17/2022Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)


Tom writes:

This bill does almost nothing to improve quality and training of teachers and will likely encourage some to leave the profession. Combined with things like the “George Orwell” Youngkin tip line it may encourage some promising young educators to seek other (better paid) employment.

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